I had a good girl time this weekend in New York. I went up for Curlfest, but we’ll get off into that on Wednesday. Today I’m talking about our post-Curlfest fun on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Instead of taking the train back to the city we decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan. The weather was hot, but there was a breeze happening. Plus I’m always thinking about Step Wars. I had more than 20,000 steps for that day too.
The Brooklyn Bridge is a National Historic Landmark; it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn together. The bridge is 5,989 ft. long.
The towers on the bridge are made of Maine Granite, and they are 276 feet above the water. If you are into photography The Brooklyn Bridge is one you want to capture for sure.
There are rules of the bridge that you should follow. Obviously, you should not hang over the edge; doing so will cause you to fall into oncoming traffic or into the East River. That isn’t a good look. You are not permitted to place pad locks of love or any other type on the bridge. The right side is a designated bike lane; do NOT walk in the bike lane unless you want to get run over. Other than that have fun.
It took 14 years to construct the Brooklyn Bridge. It took 600 workers to get the job done and about $15 million; mind you this bridge was built in 1883. That translates to more than $320 million in today’s dollars. The Brooklyn bridge is a suspension bridge which had a reputation for failing under strong winds and or heavy loads during that time. Fun Fact: On May 17, 1884, P. T. Barnum led 21 elephants over the Brooklyn Bridge to prove that it was stable.
All of the crew got in on this selfie action; duh you must capture the moment. Honestly, most of the people on the bridge were snapping pictures. The breeze was welcomed because it was so dag on hot.
The upper span of the bridge is open to pedestrians and bicyclists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The pedestrian walkway across the bridge is little over 1 mile. The view of Lady Liberty is one to capture.
We snapped pictures the entire distance. She how un-bothered we are? I believe in living life, not wishing I had because I was worried about what someone else would say or feel about it. Nope, my book of life is filled with all kinds of story. Some that will blow your mind… I’m not the book writing type but I’ve got a page turner for sure.
The bridge’s construction took 14 years, involved 600 workers and cost $15 million (more than $320 million in today’s dollars). At least twenty to thirty people died in the process, including John August Roebling, the original creator/designer. After he died his son Washington A. Roebling, took over as chief engineer, he has done work with his father in the past and had helped design the Brooklyn Bridge. He would later get the “bends” from working on the project and ended up partially paralyzed. His wife Emily worked the project until it was completed. Moral of this story: A woman got the job done.
The bridge was originally called the New York, Brooklyn Bridge and the East River Bridge, but it was later dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge was formally named by the city government in 1915. I don’t know why they didn’t just start out with that. The previous name was complicated. I would love to go back and walk the bridge at sunset.