PHOTO: Brooklyn Bridge _129 Years and Counting

On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened to the public as the largest suspension bridge in the world. On May 24, 2012, cloudy skies and heavy rain couldn’t deter pedestrians and cyclists marking the 129th anniversary. Though I was born in New York City, I walked across the historic landmark for the first time and enjoyed the views from above. It was a leisurely stroll less than 30 minutes, mostly spent in awe of the graffiti, corrugated steel, cables, wooden planks and duct tape (I am NOT kidding) along the way. An inexpensive and breathtaking trek from Manhattan, indeed.

Recommended:

NYC Dept. of Transportation: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bridges/brooklyn_bridge.shtml

NY Times blog on Brooklyn Bridge: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/may-24-1883-brooklyn-bridge-opens/

Brooklyn Bridge Park: http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/

Brooklyn Bridge photo gallery by Tania Fuentez Media: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajournalist/sets/72157629885428258/

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