Here is one of New York’s most iconic structure.. I looked forward to seeing this magnificent bridge which we see many times in American movies and series and I made its huge puzzle. So I want to go and see it in our first day in NYC.. Brooklyn Bridge must be on New York Things to Do List absolutely. Let’s start..
Architecture or Art?
If the buildings, the structures and the bridges are made by an architect or engineers who have an art soul, they might be most probably incredible and beautiful. After my visits to many unusual and amazing works I reached out this conclusion: If a technical person (an architect or an engineer) has an art perception and refined taste he/she is not only a technical person, but also is an artist and can create amazing artifacts .. So I think art is intertwined with architecture, and a good architect is an artist also..
Brooklyn Bridge’s a mixture of neo-gothic architecture and art. She is very very beautiful and impressive..
She connects Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.
She was opened in 1883 after a 13-year work period. Her construction process is full of interesting happenings and many mysteries.
Let’s look what had happened.. Here are
THE TOP 10 TRUTH OF THE BROOKLYN BRIGDE !
1 The construction of the bridge is begun by John Roebling who was an engineer and producer of wire rope. Roebling’s biggest dream was to complete the bridge. Unfortunately, while he was working on the bridge his foot is crushed by an arriving ferry, He died from tetanus within two weeks.
2 John Roebling’s son Washington Roebling became the leader of the project. Unfortunately, Washington Roebling also suffered a paralyzing injury as a result of decompression sickness while he was working under water for bridge feet and confined to bed because of this.
Signs of a woman on the Brooklyn Bridge; (special attention to this info…)
3 His wife, Emily Roebling, lobbied succesfully and struggled not to let the Project taken from her husband. Although she was not an engineer, she becomes a supervisor and gets the Project management. Washington Roebling controls the entire process from his bed, gives directives to his wife and whole team. The process lasts 11 years this way.
4 Emily was the first pedesterian who passes on the bridge while glomorous opening ceremony on May 24, 1883. ( I think she deserved it!) It is told that she has a big role on this beautiful bridge.
5 Many workers die because of decompression sickness or other work accidents during the construction.
6 Some day after the bridge opening, a woman falls slipping, gets panic and shouts as ‘the bridge is collapsing!’ This scream frightens everyone and 12 people dies and many people injures becuase of the jam. ( The result of this: to be calm is good..)
7 Many jumpers attempt suicide on the first years of the bridge and unfortunately some of these attempts reach success (!)
The curse of the Brooklyn Bridge!
After all those happenings people begin to believe that the bridge is cursed and they get afraid to cross the bridge. A rumor about the solidity of the bridge occures.. It becomes necessary to prove the strongness of the bridge to the public.
8 Brooklyn Bridge and 21 Elephants ! The strength test for the bridge is made with 21 elephants each was 6-ton weighing. Elephant test works and the people are convinced of the strength of the bridge. ( Be honest, this is a nice idea 🙂 )
9 There were wine cellars for rent under the bridge in the early years. Later they were closed. ( Of course this cellars were for rich men for keep their wines because alcohol was forbidden.. )
10 Brooklyn Bridge Bomb Shelter ! A bomb shelter was found by the workers who controlled the bridge in 2006. Canned foods, crackers, medicines, blankets and tons of water-filled chambers.. It is thought to made by civil defense organizations in case of a Soviet attack in 1950s.
The Brooklyn Bridge history is very interesting huh? I think so..
Brooklyn Bridge is a magnificent building. She is an art-work. Go with a good camera if possible. She will give you very beautiful frames. Also there is a terrific view of Manhattan from the bridge..
Click on the photos for the notes..
I inserted the photos I took on the bridge. The ones which I took from the sea are also awesome! I will share them on the next posts..
By the way don’t occupy the bike path while you walk on the bridge, stay in your band 🙂 Dress well because of the windy air on the bridge..
Brooklyn Bridge really impressed me very much.. It was already one of my favorute sculpture. As I told I made its puzzle when I was a child. And also a Brooklyn Bridge designed travel bag was my gift to one of my followers as my blogs give away..This structure was more beautiful than I expected. Thanks again Emily Roebling..
After examining the Brooklyn Bridge well and got the photos nicely enough, you can turn your attention to the Manhattan Bridge opposite.
I left Brooklyn Bridge very happily. I was very impressed from this building for which given much labour and even lifes and completed with a woman’s efforts. I did her puzzles when I was a child, now I see her truth…