Year of 2017

The Brooklyn Bridge, New York

The Brooklyn Bridge opened to commuters on this day in 1883. But seven years earlier, the land-side anchorage structures opened for another kind of business: wine storage. To help offset the $15 million price tag of the bridge’s construction (which sounds like a bargain today), chief bridge engineer Washington Roebling had wine cellars built under the vaulted ramps on either side of the bridge. These were rented out for more than 50 years to various liquor distributors.

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest bridges of either type in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. It has a main span of 1,595.5 feet and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed. It was originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and as the East River Bridge, but it was later dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge, a name coming from an earlier January 25, 1867, letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since its opening, it has become an icon of New York City and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.
Address: Brooklyn Brg, New York, NY 10038
Opened: May 24, 1883
Length: 5,988 feet (1,825 m)
Width: 85′ 4″ (26 m)
Longest span: 1,595 feet (486.30 m)
Clearance below: 135 feet (41 m)

Map of Lower Manhattan