The Manhattan Bridge: A Marvel Of Engineering And Design

Considered the forerunner of the modern suspension bridge, the Manhattan Bridge is a marvel of modern engineering and design.

“Although ‘marvel’ isn’t a word you’d automatically associate with a bridge, this one truly is, “said Jennifer Li of Liberty Cruise NYC. “That’s the incredible thing about NYC–you can find gems everywhere!”

It extends 1500 feet across the East River connecting downtown Manhattan at Canal Street with the Flatbush Avenue Extension in Brooklyn. The last of three East River suspension bridges to be built, it took over eight years to complete and opened on December 31, 1909.

In 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers named it a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

With more architectural embellishments than any other bridge in the city, the Manhattan entrance features a charming baroque arch and colonnade modeled on the Porte St. Denis in Paris. It is painted in signature blue, and a … Read the rest