Brooklyn Bridge

Peter Sperlazzo

The Brooklyn Bridge is located in New York City; it lies over the East River and connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It opened in 1883 in response to demand for a passage over the East River.

What interested me the most was the impact of the bridge’s opening; it was considered a national holiday and the entire world’s media covered the events. While the Bridge today is a staple of New York City life, it is often ignored, so it was surprising to realize the impact the Bridge had on the time.

This impact has led me to question if any other buildings or monuments in NYC had significant attention when they were first constructed. This has led me to wonder if perhaps other buildings in NYC also had symbolic meanings that have been lost and now are a staple of the NYC skyline.


About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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