This week in 1883: Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Harris, Stephen
May 2013
Engineer (Online Edition);5/29/2013, p1
In this article, the author reflects on the history of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. He says that New York was a very different place when the bridge was completed in 1883. He adds that the bridge's construction was the start of the architectural transformation of the already heavily populated settlements. He relates series of tragedies that was reported by the publication on the opening of the bridge on May 24, 1883.


Related Articles

  • An American Triumph. Kowalski, Kathiann M. // Cobblestone;Mar2010, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p15 

    The article presents information on the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City that was started in 1870 under the supervision of Washington A. Roebling, who was the chief engineer for the bridge.

  • Engineering and History. Petroski, Henry // ASEE Prism;Oct2006, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p22 

    The article focuses on the importance of referring the history of engineering technology during the construction of new suspension bridges. The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington with a moderate wind force revived the need to look for the specific guideline for the construction...

  • Brooklyn Bridge at 100. Berger, Horst // Architectural Record;Aug1983, Vol. 171 Issue 9, p118 

    The article highlights the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City designed by John Roebling. According to the author, Roebling developed every component of the bridge as a rational part of the logical engineering solution best suited to the functional problem of carrying a traffic band across the East...

  • THE TREASURE FROM THE CARPENTRY SHOP. McCullough, David // American Heritage;Dec1979, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p18 

    The article presents information on the plans for the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, and on how Francis P. Valentine, a civil engineer with the city's Department of Transportation, rescued it from destruction. In 1969, the bridge began to show signs of wear after nearly ninety years....

  • I.--THE BROOKLYN SUSPENSION BRIDGE. Lea, John // Chatterbox, 1906;1/1/1906, p4 

    The article discusses the construction of the Brooklyn Suspension Bridge in New York City. It states that the bridge was built out of an agitation that started when the folk who worked in New York and resided in Brooklyn got tired of crossing the river that connected the two cities. It says that...

  • Amid a record development squabble, Nouvel creates first design for U.S. Sirefman, Susanna // Architectural Record;Jul1999, Vol. 187 Issue 7, p64 

    Reports on a highly contested waterfront site in Brooklyn, New York. Jean Nouvel's design of a hotel and multiplex cinema; Opposition by the Brooklyn Bridge Coalition; Blocking of scenic view; Limited public access to the waterfront; Increased traffic.

  • Brooklyn. Onofri, Adrienne // Home-Based Travel Agent;Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p40 

    The article offers information on the best tourist destination in Brooklyn, New York City. It presents a brief history of the city, as well as developments in the past years up to the present. It features the best architectural gothic designs including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan and...

  • 125 Years of Top Projects.  // ENR: Engineering News-Record;07/26/99, Vol. 243 Issue 4, p41 

    Surveys the top 125 construction projects around the world. Statue of Liberty; Brooklyn Bridge; Lincoln Highway; Panama Canal; Eiffel Tower; Trans-Siberian Railway; Information on the year when the projects were made; Description of the projects.

  • When they Built the Big Bridge. Brown, Frances Williams // American Heritage;Oct1956, Vol. 7 Issue 6, p68 

    The story behind Brooklyn Bridge in New York, from its conceptualization to its completion, is discussed. Prominent bridge builder John Roebling was the visionary behind connecting New York with Long Island by a bridge. His son, Colonel Washington Roebling, provided the technology of building...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics