Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, vehicular suspension bridge, New York City, southernmost of the bridges across the East River, between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn built 1869–83. The achievement of J. A. Roebling and his son W. A. Roebling, it has a span of 1,595.5 ft (487 m). It was the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world and was the world's longest suspension bridge at the time of its completion.

See D. G. McCullough, The Great Bridge (1983) M. J. Shapiro, A Picture History of the Brooklyn Bridge (1983) A. Trachtenberg, Brooklyn Bridge (1990) P. Lopate and B. Dogancay, Bridge of Dreams (1999).

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