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Brooklyn Bridge
Seen from Manhattan in 2005
Carries 6 lanes of roadway (cars only)
Elevated trains (until 1944)
Streetcars (until 1950)
Pedestrians and bicycles
Crosses East River
Locale New York City (Civic Center, Manhattan – Dumbo/Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn)
Maintained by New York City Department of Transportation
ID number 22400119[1]
Designer John Augustus Roebling
Design Suspension/Cable-stay Hybrid
Total length 6,016 ft (1,833.7 m)[a]
Width 85 ft (25.9 m)
Height 272 ft (82.9 m) (towers)
Longest span 1,595.5 ft (486.3 m)
Clearance below 133 ft (40.5 m) above mean high water[b]
AADT 105,679 (2016)[2]
Opened May 24, 1883; 138 years ago (1883-05-24)[3]
Toll Free both ways
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Coordinates 40°42′22″N 73°59′49″W / 40.706°N 73.997°W / 40.706; -73.997Coordinates: 40°42′22″N 73°59′49″W / 40.706°N 73.997°W / 40.706; -73.997
Brooklyn Bridge
NYC Landmark
Architectural style:neo-Gothic
NRHP Reference#:66000523
Significant dates
Added to NRHP:October 15, 1966[4]
Designated NHL:January 29, 1964[5]
Designated NYCL:August 24, 1967

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It is 5,989 feet (1,825 meters) long.[6] The bridge goes over the East River. It connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is one of the leading landmarks of New York City.

The bridge was built from 1869 to 1883. It was the first fixed crossing of the East River. It was designed by John Roebling. The construction was directed by his son Washington Roebling and Washington's wife, Emily.[7] When it was finished, it was the tallest structure in North America.

The bridge is an official landmark. It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1964.[8][9][10] It became a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.[11]


  1. "NYC DOT Bridges & Tunnels Annual Condition Report 2015". New York City Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 24, 2017. 
  2. "New York City Bridge Traffic Volumes". New York City Department of Transportation. 2016. p. 11. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  3. Feuerstein, Gary (May 29, 1998). "Brooklyn Bridge Facts, History and Information". Endex Engineering, Inc.. Archived from the original on February 8, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  4. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  5. "Brooklyn Bridge". National Park Service. Archived from the original on November 28, 2002. 
  6. "NYCDOT Bridges Information". New York City Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  7. mann, Elizabeth, 2000 "the Brooklyn Bridge," Scholastic Literary Place, pp. 566-589.
  8. "Brooklyn Bridge". National Park Service. September 11, 2007. 
  9. Armstrong, James B.; Bradford, S. Sydney (February 24, 1975). "The Brooklyn Bridge". National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination. National Park Service. 
  10. "The Brooklyn Bridge—Accompanying three photos, from 1975.". National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination. National Park Service. February 24, 1975. 
  11. "Brooklyn Bridge". ASCE Metropolitan Section. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 


  1. Sources conflict on whether the length of the Brooklyn Bridge is 6,016 feet (1,834 m) long or 5,989 feet (1,825 m) long.
  2. The height is also recorded as being 135 feet (41 m). During winter, the bridge's steel shrinks, making it two feet shorter than in summer.

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