The Brooklyn Bridge is three lanes in each direction and has the bike/pedestrian lane raised, which turns into wood planks, which is kind of neat that you can see the water below. Getting on the bridge from the Manhattan side was really easy. It was so crowded on the walk to the first tower. We stopped a lot to take pictures - making the walk about 30-40 minutes. Once we passed the first tower, the crowds died down - as they probably walked back towards Manhattan. The view was beautiful; able to see New Jersey, Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, Brooklyn, a few other bridges...it was relaxing.
- Suspension cables - four 15 3/4' diameter wire ropes
- 19 strands in each cable
- 3,600 total miles worth of cable
- 1520 suspenders
- 400 diagonal stays
- bridge weight 14,680 tons (not including caissons, towers or anchorages)
- The first jumper was Robert Odlum on May 19, 1885
- The first bungee jumpee was in June 1993
- A bunker was discovered in 2006 from the Cold War which still had emergency supplies in it
- In 2003, Lyman Faris was sentanced to 20 years in prison for supplying information to Al Qaeda to destroy the bridge by cutting through the support wires with blowtorches
After we reached the Brooklyn side, we took a short 1 mile-ish walk and then took the 5 train back to Grand Central. I was able to catch my everyday train.
A nice fun (and hot) day. Thanks to JW for keeping me company on this quest and now I can cross out one more item on my bucket list.