Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge! According to this photograph by Irving Underhill from the Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection -
“The Brooklyn (East River) Bridge, looking towards Manhattan from Fulton Ferry, in Brooklyn… Begun, 1870; completed 1883; opened, May 24, 1884. Length between terminals, 7,580 feet; river span, 1,595 feet. Cost, $21,000,000. Two cable and two trolley-car tracks, two wagon ways and a footpath. Every day 4,000 cars and 2,000 vehicles cross east and west. Average number of passengers every twenty-four hours, 300,000, making over 4,000,000,000 since opened to 1903.”
Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge and Bob Dylan. Did you pick up Bob Dylan Chronicles Vol. 1 to read? Did you know that he was friends with Tiny Tim? Or that he knew he would become a star when Gorgeous George muttered to himself, “You’re making it come alive.”?
It’s also the Brooklyn Bridge’s Birthday. While Leaves of Grass was written before the building of this lovely bridge, his sentiments on uniting Long Island (Rural) to Manhattan (City) in “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” were out in full display:
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes! how curious you are to me!
On the ferry-boats, the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home, are more curious to me than you suppose;
And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence, are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.
Don’t forget about our Troops this Memorial Day. The Legacy Project has collected 50,000 letters from soldiers of Wars from the Civil War to Bosnia, and are heartfelt, difficult, complex and insightful letters of our bravest citizens. Pick up War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars before we close for Memorial Day.
Have a good Weekend!