New York Architecture Info
Brooklyn Bridge
Also known as
The Great East River Bridge
Spanning the East River
New York 10128

Basic Information
Designed by John Augustus Roebling and Wilhelm Hildenbrand
Cost $15,100,000.00
Type Bridge
Maximum height 354 feet/106 meters
Maximum length 3 feet/1 meters
Neighborhood: Fulton Ferry
More Information
  • Total length: 3,455.5 feet
  • Main span length: 1,595.5 feet
  • Brooklyn Tower height: 320 feet (44 beneath the riverbed resting on bedrock)
  • Manhattan Tower height: 354 feet (78 feet below the riverbed resting on sand)
  • Don't believe any figure that says how many feet the bridge deck is over the river. The actual number varies with the tide and the amount of water coming down the Hudson River.
  • The Bridge towers are made of stone quarried in Hallowell, Maine.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge carries 144,000 motorized vehicles a day, plus 1,115 bicycles, and 2000 people (1998 figures).
  • The bridge was originally painted red. The color came from the mines in Rawlins, Wyoming.
  • 1870: Construction begins
  • May 24, 1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge opens.
  • May, 1883 - One week after the bridge opens, a pedestrian stampede on the bridge kills 12 people. The bridge was too new and different for people to understand, and many were afraid of its cables. The sight and sound of them moving spooked the crowd like a herd of cattle.
  • 1944 - The last elevated train crosses the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • 1950 - The last streetcar crosses the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • 19 June, 2003 - An al-Qaida terrorist pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism. Among his projects was coming up with a way to cut the cables that hold the Brooklyn Bridge aloft. He told his commanders in Pakistan that it would not be possible because of tight security.
  • 2006 - The U.S. Department of Transportation lists the Brooklyn Bridge as "structurally deficient". But inspectors are quick to point out that the rating isn't about the span, itself, but about the bridge's approach ramps which are from the 1950's and 1960's, and not part of the original structure.
  • June, 2008: Artist Olafur Eliasson installs an illuminated waterfall underneath the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge. Water cascades into the river along the width of the bridge.