Brooklyn Bridge opens

Brooklyn Bridge opens

After 14 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is finally completed, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time. Designed by the late John Roebling, Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built until then. In 1869, Roebling became the first of over two dozen people to die from accidents or compression sickness during construction. His son, Washington Roebling, took over as chief engineer in his place. Soon after its opening, the Brooklyn Bridge, which features two stately stone towers and stretches 1,595 feet across the East River, was dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world.” The connection it provided between Brooklyn and Manhattan, two of the most populous cities in the world, changed the course of New York City forever.