Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York
As former New York Mayor Ed Koch told The New York Times in 1982, “The symbol of New York is without doubt the Brooklyn Bridge. It is the symbol of the genius and vitality of the people of New York.” The 129-year-old steel-wire suspension bridge, which connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River, was the first of its kind and a symbol of the optimism of the times. Despite numerous setbacks (including the deaths of lead engineer John Roebling and 26 others who fell victim to accidents or disease during its 13-year construction), the bridge was praised for its grace and deemed the eighth wonder of the world when it opened in 1883. Its Gothic arches, granite towers and steel cables attract more than 120,000 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 bicyclists every year. Manhattan entrance, Park Row and Centre St.; Brooklyn entrance, Tillary and Adams sts. or Prospect St. at Cadman Plaza E.; nyc.gov.