Saturday, 11 January 2014

I'd paint the Brooklyn Bridge for you

with a broom.

A country singer sang these words....or, at least, words to that effect.

The Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest suspension bridge in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. From its opening, it has been a New York City Icon.

The paint scheme, should you want to prove how much you're into someone, is Brooklyn Bridge Tan and Silver. The paint is redone every twelve years and it takes four years to complete the bridge.

The bridge originally carried horse-drawn and rail traffic with a separate elevated walkway for pedestrians and cyclists. From 1950, cars were allowed on. In 1971, an auspicious year for many reasons, the first cycle lane was created by painting a line down the middle of the walkway to separate cyclists from pedestrians.

There were initial fears that the bridge would not be strong enough, despite the fact that the bridge's creator had made it six times as strong as it actually needed to be. Not long after the bridge's opening, P.T. Barnum of circus fame, led 21 elephants across the bridge to demonstrate its sturdiness.

The view from the other side...

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