Posted by: history591twenty3 | June 11, 2010

June 8, 2010 walking tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park

 

             

     The incredible Brooklyn Bridge continues to show the world its remarkable endurance and spectacular view.   The bridge is approximately 1.3 miles.  The reason for the bridge was in 1860 the river froze twice leaving commerce at a standstill (the East River one of the busiest waterway in the United States).  Ed O’Donnell compared the Brooklyn Bridge with the space shuttle because the bridge was the longest and the first steel wire suspension bridge in the world.    

     The wooden walkway was for the “Lungs of the City.”  The Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest suspension bridge in United States.  The bridge requires the least amount of maintenance.  The Roeblings knew how to build a bridge.

     The Roeblings made the bridge look ancient and the bridge has become a fixture in New York.  The bridge only allows cars, no commerce trucks are allowed to cross.  The bridge is very busy but at 3 a.m. when traffic is at a minimum, you can hear the bridge hum because of the wind.  The Roeblings were geniuses. 

     Central Park another reason for New York to be proud continues to draw the people to the park.    The park is 90% man made.  Almost everything in the park was brought in or planted.  Some heavy rocks could not be moved so the rocks stayed.  I enjoyed the Belverde Castle designed by Calvert Vaux.  The view of Central Park from the top of the castle is breathtaking.         

                       

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