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Brooklyn Bridge

New York City, New York, United States of America

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An important advance in bridge design at the time, New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge is still integral to the busy city’s transportation network as well as a location for tourists to visit.

The construction of the bridge commenced in 1870 and it was completed in 1883. At the time it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge has featured in a variety of movies, like Spiderman and Fantastic Four, and television shows and as far back as 1884 it was part of popular culture as P.T. Barnum walked a large number of elephants across it.

The bridge takes cars, as well as pedestrians and cyclists on a promenade above the roadway, between Brooklyn and Manhattan. There is no toll to use the bridge. Crossing the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge is 1825 metres long, and its span between its two granite and limestone towers is an impressive 486.3 metres. The Empire State Building, Wall Street and other tourist destinations are located nearby.

Other historic bridges across the East River include the Williamsburg Bridge which was completed in 1903 and the Manhattan Bridge and Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge that were opened in 1909.


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