Photos of New York bridges: View the Brooklyn Bridge and more

Remind yourself of why you love this city—ogle our gorgeous photos of New York bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyline and more.

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Photograph: Patrick Cashin; courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Photos of New York bridges: Bronx-Whitestone Bridge

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Photograph: Patrick Cashin; courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Photos of New York bridges: Brooklyn Bridge

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Photograph courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

Photos of New York bridges: Brooklyn terminal, Brooklyn Bridge, 1899, V1973.4.96; Postcard collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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Photograph: David Burgess; #loveNYC photo contest participant; davidburgess.org

Photos of New York bridges: Brooklyn Bridge

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Photos of New York bridges: City Island Bridge

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Photograph: Patrick Cashin; courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Photos of New York bridges: Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge

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Photos of New York bridges: George Washington Bridge

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Photograph: Patrick Cashin; courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Photos of New York bridges: Henry Hudson Bridge

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Photos of New York bridges: Manhattan Bridge

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Photograph: Patrick Cashin; courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Photos of New York bridges: Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge

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Photos of New York bridges: Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

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Photos of New York bridges: Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

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Photograph: Patrick Cashin; courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Photos of New York bridges: Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

 

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Photograph: Patrick Cashin; courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Photos of New York bridges: Throgs Neck Bridge

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Photograph: Patrick Cashin; courtesy MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Photos of New York bridges: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

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Photos of New York bridges: Wards Island Bridge

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Photograph: Dave Sanders

Photos of New York bridges: Williamsburg Bridge

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Photograph courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

Photos of New York bridges: Williamsburg Bridge, 1930 ca., V1973.5.333; Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection; ARC.202; Brooklyn Historical Society.

This city is a knockout, in no small part due to the multiple overpasses that convey us daily from one borough to another. That's why they feature prominently in our list of NYC's most iconic street views; the Brooklyn Bridge even inspired its own song by Sxip Shirey. Check out our photos of New York bridges in all their impressive, photogenic glory.

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Brooklyn Bridge history walk

Take a stroll across this romantic, iconic suspension bridge. Start: Stairway at Cadman Plaza East near Prospect Street, Brooklyn HeightsEnd: Broadway at Chambers StTime: 30 minutes Distance: 1.3 miles 1 Every day, 6,600 people walk or bike across the mile-long Brooklyn Bridge, and it's easy to see why: The structure itself is gorgeous, and so are the views. Crowds have always been part of the scene here. Six days after the bridge opened on May 24, 1883, a stampede on a stairway crushed 12 people to death and injured 35. A scream apparently sparked hysteria that the bridge was collapsing, and people surged down the steps. They were understandably wary: It was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time. 2 Pause at the first Gothic archway and marvel at the bridge's construction, which began on the Brooklyn side. To lay the foundation on bedrock 44 feet below, workers in airtight containers chipped away at the riverbed. More than 100 were paralyzed with the bends—caused by the change in air pressure when they surfaced. When the Manhattan side was built, chief engineer Washington Roebling got the bends as well. (Roebling wasn't the only family casualty; his dad, original bridge designer John Roebling, died in 1869 after his foot was crushed by a docking ferry.) Washington spent the next decade watching the bridge's progress through a telescope and relaying directions through his wife, Emily. Fearing more deaths on the Manhattan tower, he stopped construction before it reached the 100-foot-deep bedrock. To this day, that tower rests on sand and hardpan. 3 A lot of people propose on the bridge, but if you don't spot any engagements in process, you can still see evidence of them: Look for padlocks scattered on the fence (there should be a big cluster closer to the Manhattan tower). Couples attach them and throw the keys in the river as a symbol of everlasting love—until DOT workers cut them off, that is. (And get used to seeing those guys around; they'll be repainting the steel and repairing entry ramps and roadways for the next three years.) 4 There's a plaque on the Brooklyn tower honoring Emily Roebling: "Back of every great work we can find the self-sacrificing devotion of a woman." According to Seth Kamil of Big Onion Walking Tours (bigonion.com), Emily became quite the powerhouse, eventually making some of her own decisions about the bridge, which she carried out without her husband's approval. 5 In 2006, workers found a Cold War bunker in an arched structure under the entrance ramp on the Manhattan side. The emergency stash hidden inside included medical supplies and cans of crackers; one container was labeled to be opened after attack by the enemy. 6 Commuters would pour out of cable cars at the bridge's Manhattan exit when it was first constructed, and although you can't see any vestiges of the vehicles today, this end is still mobbed with tourists. End your walk across the street at City Hall Park (Vesey to Chambers Sts between Broadway and Park Row, nycgovparks.org). Home to regular public concerts in the 1800s, it now hosts outdoor exhibits, like the geometric "Sol LeWitt: Structures, 1965-2006" through December. On Tuesdays and Fridays, skip the hot-dog vendors in favor of a treat from the farmers' market (Broadway at Chambers St, grownyc.org). You've just crossed a landmark nicknamed the eighth wonder of the world and deserve refreshment.

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Photos: New York City’s top attractions

Take our photo tour of the city's best-loved sights and learn what makes these New York landmarks such icons. Related Secrets of classic New York Best of New York 2011 10 best parks in New York City NYC's 20 most iconic street views

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Secrets of classic NYC: Brooklyn Bridge

The iconic East River crossing is supported by giant anchorages, which are the massive stone and concrete structures underneath the entrance ramp on either side of the bridge. "John Roebling, the engineer, envisioned that they would double as shopping arcades. He gave the inside [of each] the same Gothic design as the towers, with beautiful 50-foot-high cathedral ceilings," says Julie Golia, the public historian of Brooklyn Historical Society. "But that plan fell through, and for most of history they've been municipal storage." Creative Time staged art exhibits and performances in the edifice on the Brooklyn side of the bridge until 2001, when it was closed for security reasons. Cadman Plaza East near Prospect St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (nyc.gov) See more in Things to Do

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