|Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge by foot|
|The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the US's oldest suspension bridges|
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It was built in 1883 and spans the East River. There's an interesting plaque towards the Brooklyn side of the bridge. It is dedicated to the efforts of Emily Warren Roebling. It turns out the construction of the bridge lasted two generations of the Roebling family.
It was John Augustus Roebling, a German immigrant, who designed the bridge. But while he was doing surveys, his foot was crushed when a ferry pinned it against a piling. The crushed toes had to be amputated, but then he suffered further infections and before he died, he put his son Washington Roebling in charge of the project.
|There are many photographic opportunities|
The condition left Roebling unable to supervise the construction in person so his wife Emily Warren stepped up to the task, acting as a liaison between her husband and the engineers. She had studied complex mathematics and learned about bridge and cable construction. She did this for 11 years until the Brooklyn Bridge was finally completed in 1883. And to thank her for her efforts, she had the honour of being the first person to cross the bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge offers great views of both sides, and the cables holding up the bridge also inspire artistic photographs. We enjoyed walking along the wooden path and luckily took most of our pictures on the Manhattan side, because the Brooklyn side was covered in plastic sheeting and was undergoing some kind of renovation.
|A view of the bridge from DUMBO|
It's a nice quiet spot for a lazy Sunday afternoon.