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Brooklyn Bridge

The first steel suspension bridge in the world

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States and was the first steel suspension bridge in the world. It is 1834 meters long, connects the districts of Manhattan and Brooklyn and is located over the East River.

With a Gothic style, its construction began in 1869 and, in addition to have cost about 188 million dollars, it took over a decade to be completed. When it opened to the public in 1883, 1 800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed it on one day alone. Fascinating, right? Interestingly enough, six days after its inauguration, rumors about the bridge’s stability began to fly and, to prove the contrary, a circus director organized a parade of 21 elephants across it – the bridge remained intact. Today, 120 000 cars, 4,000 pedestrians and 2,600 cyclists cross the bridge daily.

Brooklyn Bridge is an emblematic bridge and one of New York’s iconic symbols. The best way to enjoy it, is to walk across it towards Manhattan.

Cool Tip: Before crossing the bridge, visit Brooklyn Bridge Park.