The Brooklyn Bridge, built between 1869 and 1883, connects Manhattan with New York’s most populous borough, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge belongs to New York City’s most impressive tourist attractions. However, if you would like to experience a more authentic and less touristic experience, just take a walk across the Williamsburg Bridge. Whereas the Brooklyn Bridge was made of stone, had the Williamsburg Bridge steel towers to support the bridge’s suspension cables.
The bridge’s chief engineer was Leffert Buck who had earlier worked with the man who designed the Paris Eiffel Tower, so no surprise the two objects may have similar looks. Whereas the Brooklyn Bridge took thirteen 13 years for completion was the Williamsburg Bridge built in six and a half years, half the time of the Brooklyn Bridge, due to better construction methods and the use of steel to build the towers
New York city planners saw that more East River bridges were needed to deal with the city’s rapidly increasing transportation needs, and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge was completed, and construction of the Williamsburg Bridge started in October 1896, to be completed in 1903.
Back then, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. The bridge’s supporting towers are 333 feet tall and more than 3000 tons of steel were used to construct it. At first, the bridge’s towers were initially supposed to be even 140 feet taller, for decorative purposes, but that plan was abolished.
The Williamsburg Bridge was celebrating its 100th birthday in 2003, and is recognized as an official ‘National Historic Engineering Landmark’. It runs across New York’s East River, and is connecting Manhattan’s Lower East Side with Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, a neighborhood that, since the bridge opened, radically has changed from a once industry-dominated area to a thriving melting pot that features the greatest restaurants, fine shops, amazing waterfront flea markets, and a giant summertime food bazar.
The Williamsburg Bridge is unique because its side spans (those parts of the bridge that are located between anchorage and towers) are supported by viaducts instead of suspension cables. You will notice that there are no vertical cables connected to the bridge’s side spans.
Before the bridge was built, there were several ferry routes between the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, and all these ferries, also the Grand Street Ferry that connected Manhattan’s Grand Street with Williamsburg’s Grand Street, went out of business.
More than 200,000 people are traveling across the Williamsburg bridge each day, including some 500 pedestrians, more than 110,000 subway riders, and some 150,000 vehicles, and if you walk across the bridge, you will notice this is very different than walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.
This bridge is much quieter to walk across as you’re not dealing with hordes of tourists and enraged cyclists. Additionally, you’ll have the greatest views of the river, 0the Empire State Building, and much more.