Time  one hour 5 minutes

Coordinates 231

Uploaded October 15, 2016

Recorded October 2016

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near New York City, New York (United States)

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October 3 and 5, 2016

Photos of the Google + route: Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges


The walking tour of the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the essential activities when visiting New York, not only for the history that this emblematic construction of the 19th century treasures, but mainly because it offers you the opportunity to join the many people who daily visit it. They cross, with the sole purpose, to enjoy the wonderful views of the East River and the Manhattan Skyline.

The proposed route crosses the Brooklyn Bridge from the City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the other side of the East River, next to the Manhattan Bridge at Maine Street Park.

Both Brooklyn Bridge Park and the adjoining Main Street Park, located on both sides of the bridge, which now form a single park with the same name (Brooklyn Bridge Park), offer unbeatable views of Manhattan.

When we descend from the bridge, access to Maine Street Park is through Washington Street, in the historic Dumbo district, where we get some of the most photographed perspectives of the Manhattan Bridge .

If we look at the following two photographs, in the lower part of the Manhattan Bridge we can see the silhouette of the Empire State Building , which is a nice coincidence, since the construction of the bridge predates the aforementioned skyscraper.

Best views of Manhattan Bridge from Washington Street, Brooklyn

It is essential to approach the shore of the East River, in Maine Street Park, where every day many people gather to contemplate the skyline of Manhattan at nightfall.

Little by little, as the sun goes down, the lights of the skyscrapers gain prominence, reflecting in the waters of the East River, offering us a beautiful image of the city.

An unparalleled show!

When in 1852, the engineer and owner of a metallurgical company, named John Augustus Roebling , could not reach Brooklyn, with the Atlantic Avenue-Fulton Street Ferry, due to the ice that covered the river, he devised the solution with the construction of a bridge .

After several years working on the project and seeking funding, on January 3, 1870, the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began, which would not end until May 24, 1883. The bridge reached great worldwide fame immediately, as it was the first suspended by steel cables. In addition, for 20 years it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, with 1,825 m in length.

Today, those steel cables and their two pillars of Gothic style with double arches (which rise up to 84 m above the water) make up one of the most recognizable New York prints.

Total length: 1,825 m.
Length of the central section: 486 m.
Width: 26 m
Height of the towers above the river level: 84 m.
Height of the road from the river: 40 m.
Length of each of the 4 main cables: 1,100 m.
Diameter of each main cable: 40 cm.


1. The tragedy marks the beginning of the works
On June 1, 1869, the design of the bridge was approved, but only five days later, Roebling suffers an accident when a ferry that entered the Brooklyn pier crushed his foot. Despite amputation of the limb, he died from tetanus.

2. Emily Roebling leads the project
His son Washington took charge of the project and on January 3, 1870 the construction of the bridge begins.

Shortly after beginning construction, he suffered the effects of "decompression syndrome" or aeroembolism * and was bedridden. His wife, Emily, helped him over the next 11 years in overseeing the works, eventually becoming a specialist.

* Aeroembolism or arterial embolism by gas: formation of bubbles of nitrogen in the blood that end up causing gaseous emboli in various tissues, especially in the brain. It is frequent in aviators, scuba divers and scuba divers who undergo very rapid and marked pressure changes.

3. A very hard and dangerous job
The works since its inception were very hard. They employed 600 immigrant workers who had to work in miserable and dangerous conditions. For the excavation of the land below the river, where pneumatic bunkers would be built, dynamite was used. The continuous accidents and aeroembolism, caused the death of 20 workers.

4. Opening of the bridge and distrust of its security
At the beginning of 1883, the construction of the bridge was completed. In total it had cost 15.1 million dollars, doubling the initial budget.

On May 24, 1883, President Chester Arthur and Governor Grover Cleveland officially opened the Brooklyn Bridge to more than 14,000 guests. The toll to cross it was established in a penny.

Six months after its inauguration the tragedy occurred. A woman climbing the access stairs, in the part of Manhattan, stumbled and cried as she fell. The scream triggered the rumor that the bridge was sinking. The panic and subsequent avalanche caused the death of 12 people and another 35 were seriously injured.

5. Elephants cross the bridge
Initial distrust of the bridge's resistance was overcome a year later when circus entrepreneur PT Barnum paraded on the bridge along with a herd of 21 elephants.

6. Jumping from the bridge
On May 19, 1885 Robert Emmet Odlum became the first person to jump off the bridge, dying shortly after being rescued from the river.

The first woman to jump was Clara McArthur in 1895. With the intention of falling on her feet, she put in her socks 9 kilograms of sand. However, this did not prevent his death.

Finally, in the year 1960, Ed Quingley became the first person to survive after jumping from the bridge.

7. The Greater New York
The Brooklyn Bridge played an important role when in 1898 Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island were united and formed Greater New York. In 1910, the one-penny toll to cross the Brooklyn Bridge was withdrawn after the city passed a law prohibiting the use of tolls to finance the construction and maintenance of its bridges.

8. Its old name
The bridge was originally called New York and Brooklyn Bridge. Until 1915 it did not receive its current name.

9. Reconstruction works
In 1944, one of the largest bridge reconstruction works that lasted 20 years began. The tram lines were removed; the pillars and main cables were reinforced; new suspension cables were added; the lanes destined to vehicles were extended, from two to three in each direction; and new access roads were built.

10. The bridge of today
At present, the bridge has two levels. The lower one, with two lanes, with three lanes each, through which more than 145,000 vehicles circulate daily. And the upper level, is formed by a footbridge for pedestrian use and bike lane.

During the trip down the catwalk you have to be aware of not invading the bike lane, with which there is no physical separation, just a few paint marks, since there is a real risk of being run over.
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  • Photo of maicaestelles

    maicaestelles Oct 17, 2016

    Amazing!! Las fotos son espectaculares.

  • Photo of ignacio.ds

    ignacio.ds Oct 17, 2016

    El puente de Brooklyn es un espectáculo.
    Aparte de los vehículos que diariamente transitan por el puente por motivos laborales, resulta muy significativo que prácticamente la totalidad de peatones que lo cruzan, no lo hacen por necesidad, sino simplemente para disfrutar de sus vistas y del contacto con la gente.
    Una visita imprescindible!

  • Photo of MadraRuaGlas

    MadraRuaGlas Oct 4, 2017

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Tá sé fuirist go leóir

  • Photo of ignacio.ds

    ignacio.ds Oct 4, 2017

    Thank you very much from Valencia, Spain.

  • Photo of MadraRuaGlas

    MadraRuaGlas Oct 4, 2017

    Fáilte romhat

  • Photo of Antonio L. Tomás

    Antonio L. Tomás Dec 25, 2017

    Increíble, José Ignacio!! Eso sí, mucha gente y mucho frío. Gracias por la excelente explicación

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