My favorite piece of architecture in whole wide world lays in the East River and connects two of the most important boroughs of New York City, it is the Brooklyn Bridge. As a kid one of my mother’s cruelty was enrolling me in Chinese school every summer. However, my school was in Chinatown (located lower east side Manhattan) and I lived in Brooklyn, so that meant waking up early to catch the F-train. Looking back now, I can remember looking out the window of the train and seeing the bridge as the train runs. I grew up more than half my life in Brooklyn, so this bridge holds a lot of sentimental value for me. Even so, I am still always fascinated by the bridge’s history.
According to my memory from elementary school, the Brooklyn Bridge began construction in 1869. The bridge designer, John Roebling, was never able to see the completion of the bridge due to fact his toe was pinned and crushed against a ferry; after the toe was amputated it became infected and Roebling died and passed on his design to his son, Washington Roebling. However, his son became paralyzed due to decompression sick, also know as “the bends.” The bends was a common illness for bridge workers, due to some of them working in compressed air in the caissons. The bridge opened in 1883, making it 132 years old and it’s still being used! Fun fact, did you know that the toll is now cheaper than it was back in the late 1800s? Back then it would cost 10 cents for a wagon and a horse to cross, nowadays it’s free passage! So for those of you out there planing a trip to New York City, I encourage you to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge. I can promise you that you will get the best skyline view of Manhattan from standing on this bridge!