The Brooklyn Bridge was the world's first steel-wire and the world’s longest suspension bridge back when it opened in 1883. The Williamsburg Bridge stole its “longest suspension bridge” thunder in 1903 by being just 4.5 feet longer. In the 1800’s it would not have been unusual to see farm animals like pigs, sheep and cows crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.
Not so much now, but you can see an average of 4,000 pedestrians, 2,600 bikers and 125,000 cars commuting over the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back every day. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, the Brooklyn Bridge boasts neo-Gothic architecture with characteristic pointed arches and 276-foot-high towers built of limestone, granite, and Rosendale cement.
Walk across it, and it’s not hard to see why so many great artists (Andy Warhol, Walker Evans, Georgia O’Keeffe) and writers (Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller, Arthur Miller) have been inspired by it. The bridge’s beautiful granite archways also serve as a nesting site for peregrine falcons. For a really unique perspective, hop on one of our sightseeing cruises to get an up-close and personal look at the iconic bridge.