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Monday, December 25, 2023

Bridges of New York | Beautiful & famous bridges in New York City

  Rajesh Kumar Rana       Monday, December 25, 2023

Bridges of New York | Beautiful & famous bridges in New York City

Bridges of new york:

The largest number of world famous bridges is located in New York: there are more than 60 of them. The most interesting are the suspension bridges. Among them, such bridges as Brooklyn, Williamsburg Bridge, Verrazzano Bridge and Manhattan Bridge stand out for their beauty. What these structures are famous for and what is the history of their creation, we will tell in our article.

The best views of the NYC skyline:

New York City stands out for the huge suspension bridges that link its different districts. Large structures turned into attractions from which tourists capture the best views of the city and the famous Manhattan skyline. In this post we have made a selection of the most beautiful and famous bridges that you can find in the Big Apple.

The Most beautiful & famous bridges in New York City

The best known bridges are those that connect Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River, these are:

1. Brooklyn Bridge

This is one of the oldest bridges in New York. It connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. The design of this bridge was invented by the German John Augustus Roebling, who proposed the use of steel rods. To bring the idea to life, he opened the most powerful and impressive factory for the production of steel cables and cables.

Bridges of New York | Beautiful & famous bridges in New York City
Brooklyn Bridge

At the time of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, John A. Roebling already had sufficient engineering experience. True, during the construction there was an accident on the water and Roebling received a leg injury. This led to his death a few weeks later. The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge was continued by his son, and when he was injured, his daughter-in-law took over. In general, the construction took 13 years. The grand opening took place on May 24, 1883. More than 300 thousand people walked across the bridge that day.

At first, the building was called the "New York and Brooklyn Bridge". The bridge got its current name at the beginning of the 20th century. It is truly a work of art. On the sides of the bridge there are two beautiful towers made in the Gothic style. Their length exceeds 80 meters and it is them that tourists try to capture as a memory of visiting this place.

The bridge is located in the very heart of New York, so it offers an indescribably beautiful panorama of the city. "Industrial miracle of the late 19th century" - this is the name of this structure, which has served people for almost 130 years.

2. Manhattan Bridge

This bridge also belongs to the category of hanging and has two levels: the upper one for light transport, the lower one for freight and railways. There are walking and bicycle paths on it, which makes it the most versatile.

Bridges of New York | Beautiful & famous bridges in New York City
Manhattan Bridge

The Manhattan Bridge connects two districts of New York - Brooklyn and Manhattan. It was opened in 1909 and has been successfully operating to this day. The design was carried out by the Polish engineer Ralph Modjeski. During the construction of the bridge, sagging cables were used, which were invented by Leon Moiseev.

The main feature of the Manhattan Bridge is its impressive entrance. On one side it is a stone arch in the style of the Parisian gate of Saint-Denis, on the other, there were previously two statues symbolizing Brooklyn and Manhattan. But in the 60s of the last century, they were moved to the museum in order to make the entrance to the bridge more free.

Of course, these are not all bridges that deserve attention. But it is they who are extraordinary in their beauty, power and greatness. Together, they create a unique panorama of New York, connecting different parts of one city.

3. Williamsburg Bridge

Bridges of New York | Beautiful & famous bridges in New York City
Williamsburg Bridge

The Williamsburg Bridge is another one that connects Brooklyn with Manhattan. It was inaugurated in 1903 with a very industrial aesthetic. During the 1980s it was about to be closed due to its deterioration, but finally the option of restoring it was taken.

The Williamsburg Bridge was the second bridge to be built of the three East River bridges. Inaugurated on December 19, 1903 by engineer Leffert Lefferts Buck, this bridge retained its aesthetics and hanging bridge design.

With certain alterations given for all purposes by leaving only the middle section with the hanging system, this great construction made of steel. At the moment it supports two levels like the Manhattan Bridge in which the upper level is occupied by the New York subway.

Divided into two rails for movement in both directions and the lower one that is intended for pedestrian passage and the transit of private vehicles and bicycles. Facilitating the connection between the east side of Manhattan with the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

4. Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

Another of the most famous bridges in New York is the Ed Koch Queensboro bridge that connects Manhattan with Queen's. This bridge gives you a perfect opportunity to get to know this last district in depth. Head over to our article with everything you have to visit in Queens so you don't miss a thing and discover the most ethnically diverse area of ​​the Big Apple.

Bridges of New York | Beautiful & famous bridges in New York City
 Ed Koch Queensboro bridge

Better known as the 59th Street Bridge, it is one of the busiest and spans the East River above Roosevelt Island. In parallel, you will be able to observe the cable car that connects this island with Manhattan and that we could see in the mythical scene of Spiderman where the superhero has to choose between saving his girl or the children trapped inside one of the cabins of this attraction.

5. Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

In America, the Verrazzano Bridge is recognized as the largest suspension bridge. In the world, in terms of its length, it is in 11th place. The bridge got its name in honor of the Italian sailor Giovanni da Verrazzano, who first entered the harbor of New York.

Bridges of New York | Beautiful & famous bridges in New York City
Verrazzano bridge

For the first time, the project was proposed at the beginning of the 20th century, but at that time there was neither financial nor technical ability to implement it. It was only in 1964 that the construction of the Verrazzano Bridge was completed. More than five thousand people attended its opening.

The Verrazzano Bridge is two-story, which is its uniqueness. Each floor has six lanes for vehicles. Moreover, the second floor was opened to traffic only in 1969. The bridge gained additional popularity in connection with the annual New York marathons, which traditionally start from this bridge.
🔗 Details about the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.

6. George Washington Bridge

To the northwest of New York is the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River that connects Manhattan with the State of New Jersey. Its birth dates back to 1931 and has no more and no less than 14 lanes!

Bridges of New York | Beautiful & famous bridges in New York City
George Washington Bridge

It is 1,451 meters long
and you have numerous options when crossing it: on foot, by bike, by public transport, etc. In fact, this masterpiece in honor of Washington is considered the busiest bridge in the world.

7. The High Bridge

The High Bridge is the oldest bridge in New York, opened in 1848 to link Manhattan with the Bronx over the Harlem River.

It was built to bring water to Manhattan as part of the Croton Aqueduct. That tower that can be seen on the other side of the bridge belongs to the infrastructure of that water system that stopped operating in 1970.

In 2015 a restoration of the bridge was carried out, turning it into a pedestrian promenade that invites you to walk.


Now that you know which are the most beautiful & femous bridges, we invite you to cross them for some of the most exciting getaways outside the city. We recommend that you read our post with the best excursions from New York so that you can choose the one that best suits your interests.

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