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The Brooklyn Bridge celebrates its 125th birthday

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The bridge - pioneer in connecting the island of Manhattan with the neighboring neighborhood of Brooklyn - it is known worldwide for its intertwined steel cables, as it was the first that was built with this technique, which is now a waste of that precious material but that gave it an unusual resistance for the time.

The party will last for the rest of the week and part of the following, with music, cinema, theater, public reading, live performances, picnics to enjoy the sunset and all kinds of events organized by bars and venues near the bridge. Likewise, guided tours will be organized to publicize the history of the first suspension bridge, full of misfortune adventures, like that of almost every major infrastructure.

Built between 1870 and 1883 and with its more than 1,800 meters in length, the photogenic bridge was designed by the engineer of German origin John Augustus Roebling, who died from tetanus after being amputated one foot because of an accident that occurred on the jetty during the works. Then, his son Washington Roebling took the reins, although he had a decompression problem, while working in the foundation wells under the waters of the East River, which prevented him from staying on site. It was his wife, Emily Warren Roebling, who was in charge for years of transmitting her husband's orders to the workers.

In the thirteen years that the construction lasted, more than twenty people died and more than 15 million dollars were invested, but 125 years later it still allows the passage of thousands of pedestrians, bikes and cars every day. To do this, it has two levels of tracks, one lower with six car lanes and one upper, pedestrian, which was inaugurated on May 24, 1883.

As a great fan of bridges, structures that symbolize ideas such as communicate, link or share either between two neighborhoods, two cities, two countries or two cultures, from Viajablog I would like to send a warm congratulation to the Brooklyn Bridge and its users. Happy Birthday!

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