New York City, which is one of the most populated cities in the United States, will be one of the best places to spend your holidays. The city is rich with incredible landscapes, skyscrapers, and many other astounding monuments. An interesting fact about New York is that it is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world as the habitants here communicate in more than 800 languages. That is, four in every 10 households speak a language other than English.
Apart from its diverse cultural roots, New York is also known for many incredible architecture wonders like the General Grant National Memorial, the Charging Bull, the Vietnam Veterans’ Plaza, the Brooklyn Bridge, Empty Sky, Statue of Liberty, etc. Out of this, the Brooklyn Bridge across the East River is one of the most popular and incredible constructions here. In fact, there are many interesting facts about this supreme bridge that you can discover during your New York City tours. Some of those facts are given below.
- The Brooklyn Bridge was officially opened on May 24, 1883. The main purpose behind the construction of this overpass was to offer a safe passage across the frosty and rough East river for the residents in Brooklyn who were employed in Manhattan.
- During early 1867, the cable suspended bridge in Brooklyn was called by many names such as the Great East River Bridge, Great East River Suspension Bridge, etc. Later in 1898, the bridge was named as New York and Brooklyn Bridge. However, in 1915, the Brooklyn Civic Pride named the bridge officially as the Brooklyn Bridge.
- The famous German-American civil engineer, John Augustus Roebling, designed and built the Brooklyn Bridge. Unfortunately, he died before the completion of the bridge. After his death, his son, Washington Augustus Roebling, took over the role of the chief engineer. However, because of inhaling the compressed air while working, he was also confined to bed soon.
- An interesting fact about the Brooklyn Bridge is that it was a rooster, which made the first trip across the overpass. Actually, Emily Warren Roebling, wife of John Roebling, and de facto chief engineer of Brooklyn Bridge are the first humans to cross the bridge. At the time, Emily carried a rooster as well along with her as a symbol of good luck.
- Brooklyn Bridge is the first steel-wire suspension bridge to be ever constructed. John Roebling was credited for the masterpiece, the innovative steel-wire bridge being his brainchild. In fact, Roebling proudly referred steel to as “the metal of the future”.