Bridges to Gotham

     The bridges that connect Manhattan with it’s surrounding boroughs (and New Jersey) are a site to behold.
     I boated under a few of them recently and looked up in awe.
     Yes, they’re big.
     Yes, they’re handsome.
     But they also tell the story of a nation under construction, engineering feats, man taming the elements, dreams dreamt, dreams realized, hearts broken, loved ones lost, and a few jumpers.
     Let’s go for a ride…

shall we?

The Manhattan Bridge
The undercarriage that spans the East River.
This bridge was opened to traffic in 1909, but not before going through
two engineers and finally being finished by an architect who, in 1940, would be responsible
for one of the worst bridges ever built in America.

The Brooklyn Bridge
took 15 years to complete, opening in 1883.
It spans the East River and is a mammoth- large and cumbersome.
It’s design was engineered by J.H. Roebling, who suffered a crushed foot during construction which led to an amputation which led to tetanus which led to his death.
His son, Washington Roebling, took over, but suffered from the
bends’ and was incapacitated for the remainder of his life, so…
he handed the reins over to his wife, Emily, you stepped up and finished it.
 I guess you could say it was completed by a woman-
of course it was.

Another view of the
Brooklyn Bridge.

The Williamsburg Bridge
Is a multi-deck suspension bridge that allows for
automobile, train, and subway traffic to traverse the East River.
Also, a few pimps and Wall Street gangsters.
It opened in 1903 with 30+ people perishing during construction.
It has only had seven ‘jumpers’- the lowest number of any NYC bridge.
this photo was taken from my son’s terrace.

  • Sharon Greenthal - Growing up in New York I was a passenger driving over the Whitestone bridge many times heading to NYC. The bridges of New York truly are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - They really are. Sadly I only swam (boated) under a few of them. Maybe my next trip I’ll get to them all.ReplyCancel

  • Ruchira Khanna - Wow…amazing shots, Cheryl.

    I also liked reading about its history.


  • Sandra - That was fascinating. Really interesting to read abou the history of the bridges. I never even wondered and here’s all of this history. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I only wrote a very small amount about the histories. There is soooo much more- some of it heartbreaking.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Liew - Beautiful…now what I need is a chance to visit! Thanks for sharing, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I’m more familiar with the Brooklyn Bridge’s history, but these are beautiful shots of each!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lynn - This was such a fun tour and history lesson. I have always wanted to visit the Brooklyn Bridge. Someday!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Hey there Jenny! Nice to see you here! NYC is full-up with bridges crossing the East and Hudson rivers. I only rolled along the East River this time. Maybe next visit we’ll motor on over to the other side of the island! And take pic’s!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - The Brooklyn Bridge was completed by a woman, well how to do you like that. This was so interesting Cheryl,(honestly) as are all of your posts. We went to NY one year and saw the statue of Liberty.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Yes. Yes it was. Women rule the world- but you already know that don’t ya Sue? Hahahaha God- I wonder what the two of us could accomplish together?!!!!ReplyCancel

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