By Dave Caplan
On May 24th 1883 things changed forever in New York City with the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge.
A German immigrant named John Roebling, who owned a wire company, came up with the design for the bridge. He had the great idea to take multiple strands of wire and twist it into cable, which they called “braiding”. On its first day over 1800 carriages and 150,000 people crossed the bridge. Today almost 125,000 cars a day take the same journey.
Six days after opening, a rumor that the bridge was going to collapse led to a stampede which was responsible for at least a dozen people being crushed or killed.
In an effort to convince the public of the safety of the bridge and also promote his circus P.T. Barnum marched 21 elephants across the span led by his most famous elephant “Jumbo”. The constitution of the bridge was never questioned again and Barnum showed why he is one of the greatest promoters of all time.
The bridge has a separate elevated walkway along the centerline providing a blissful, unforgettable experience. The best way to cross the bridge is from Brooklyn to Manhattan, that way you won’t get a sore neck checking out the lower Manhattan skyline.
Here’s the plan. Head to Manhattans west side at Pier 79(39th St. /12th ave) and jump onto one of our iconic New York Water Taxis. With your All-Day Access Pass you can cruise down the Hudson River while taking in spectacular views of New York City. Your destination is Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, right below the bridge. Get off the boat and make your way onto the Brooklyn Bridge heading back to Manhattan. Don’t forget to check out the t-shirt, art and food vendors on the way.
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Last Week’s Mystery photo-Lion at the New York Public Library.
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Mystery photo below.