Friday, May 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge!

The Brooklyn Bridge - 6,000 ft long, 13 years to build

The Brooklyn Bridge, an engineering marvel built in 1883, and the butt of many jokes regarding gullibility ("If you believe that, I gotta bridge I can sell ya!") is 125 years old today. New York celebrated.

Tourists flock to see its interplay of architectural grace and muscle and its commanding views of the Manhattan skyline. Historians note its role in shaping the city: It linked Manhattan with what was then a largely rural Brooklyn, helping spur a growth spurt in the more rustic borough...

The Brooklyn Bridge is roughly six times as long as the biggest earlier bridge of its type, and its Gothic-arched stone towers and web of steel cables are technically impressive even by today's standards...

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