The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most well known attractions in New York. It has been a connector between Manhattan and Brooklyn since 1883 and is still standing as one of New York’s oldest functioning landmarks. At 1,595 feet long, it held the distinction of being the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1903. The opening of the bridge was a big deal – celebratory cannons, fireworks, and a military brigade marching from Brooklyn to Manhattan were included in the festivities. People walked across the bridge by foot, by horse, or by horse and wagon in those days. Cattle were also allowed to cross between the boroughs, as were sheep and pigs. Interestingly enough, there used to be a toll on the bridge ranging between .01 and .05 cents.
Several arts have found their inspiration in this historic bridge. Musicians, artists, playwrights, and TV producers alike have found something so special about this bridge that they have written about it or used it in their illustrations. Daredevils have flocked to the bridge to jump off, bungee jump, or fly. It remains a well-traveled route for both those who are local and those who are visiting.
If you are considering going to New York don’t miss this landmark. And see it at night as well – the lights will remain in your memory for a long time to come.