Monday, November 10, 2008

So I walked the Brooklyn Bridge.. and fell in love with Brooklyn Heights. Here are the highlights:

From the metro stop on my way to the Bridge, I passed the very official looking Court buildings:

And then started my way over the Bridge.. and took much longer walking it then it should.. but I was obsessed with shooting it at every angle possible! For those of you who don't know much about this great bridge.. here is some 411 from Wikipedia:

The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, stretches 5,989 feet (1825 m)[1] over the East River connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn on Long Island. On completion, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, it was dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge in an 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle,[2] and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since its opening, it has become an iconic part of the New York skyline. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

The bridge cost $15.5 million to build and approximately 27 people died during its construction. [6] One week after the opening, on May 30, a rumor that the Bridge was going to collapse caused a stampede which crushed and killed twelve people.[7] P. T. Barnum demonstrated the bridges strength, though, a year after the bridge's opening by leading Jumbo The Elephant across the bridge.[8][9]

And the steel cables are something that obviously should not be ignored-

I don't support graffiti but couldn't help appreciating a "Te Amo" scrawled on a Historical Landmark-

At the old ferry landing, the railing has a quote that runs all along the area and this just happens to be a portion of it-

From the landing to the Manhattan Bridge I shot a reflection and more "graffiti"-

The Manhattan Bridge-

Finally, I ate lunch in DUMBO at Pedro's (fantastic Mexican food at fantastic prices) and walked along the Brooklyn Promenade falling in love with the autumnly-hued Heights.

Dere's no guy livin dat knows Brooklyn t'roo an' t'roo, because it'd take a guy a lifetime just to find his way aroun' du f---- town.
-- Only the Dead Know Brooklyn
Thomas Wolfe

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