Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge Postdlf.jpg
Seen from Manhattan in 2005
Coordinates40°42′22″N 73°59′49″W / 40.706°N 73.997°W / 40.706; -73.997Coordinates: 40°42′22″N 73°59′49″W / 40.706°N 73.997°W / 40.706; -73.997
Carries6 lanes of roadway (cars only)
Elevated trains (until 1944)
Streetcars (until 1950)
Pedestrians and bicycles
CrossesEast River
LocaleNew York City (Civic Center, Manhattan – Dumbo/Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn)
Maintained byNew York City Department of Transportation
ID number22400119[1]
DesignSuspension/Cable-stay Hybrid
Total length6,016 ft (1,833.7 m)[a]
Width85 ft (25.9 m)[5][6][8]
Height272 ft (82.9 m) (towers)[3]
Longest span1,595.5 ft (486.3 m)[5][6][8]
Clearance below133 ft (40.5 m) above mean high water[2][3][b]
DesignerJohn Augustus Roebling
OpenedMay 24, 1883; 136 years ago (1883-05-24)[10]
Daily traffic105,679 (2016)[11]
TollFree both ways
Brooklyn Bridge
Architectural styleneo-Gothic
NRHP reference #66000523
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966[12]
Designated NHLJanuary 29, 1964[13]
Designated NYCLAugust 24, 1967[2]
Location within New York City

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) and a height of 133 ft (40.5 m) above Mean High Water.[b] It is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States and was the world's first steel-wire suspension bridge, as well as the first fixed crossing across the East River.

The Brooklyn Bridge started construction in 1869 and was completed fourteen years later in 1883. It was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and the East River Bridge, but it was later dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge. However, it was not named as such until the city government passed a law to that effect in 1915. Over the years, the Brooklyn Bridge has undergone several reconfigurations; it formerly carried horse-drawn vehicles and elevated railway lines, but now carries vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. Commercial vehicles are banned from the bridge.

Since opening, the Brooklyn Bridge has become an icon of New York City. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1972. The Brooklyn Bridge is also a New York City designated landmark.


Although the Brooklyn Bridge is technically a suspension bridge, it uses a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge design.[14] The architectural style is neo-Gothic, with characteristic pointed arches above the passageways through the stone towers. The paint scheme of the bridge is "Brooklyn Bridge Tan" and "Silver", although it has been argued that the original paint was "Rawlins Red".[15]


An approach ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge, seen from Brooklyn

Because of the low terrain in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge incorporates long approach viaducts on either end.[7] Including approaches, the Brooklyn Bridge is a total of 6,016 feet (1,834 m) long,[2][3][4] when measured between the curbs at Park Row in Manhattan and Sands Street in Brooklyn.[4] A separate measurement of 5,989 feet (1,825 m) is sometimes obtained as well; this is the measurement obtained by measuring from the curb at Centre Street in Manhattan.[5][6][7]

Suspension span

The main span, between the two suspension towers, is 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) long and 85 feet (26 m) wide.[5][6][8] It is alternately measured as having a maximum span height of 133 feet (41 m)[2] or 135 feet (41 m) above Mean High Water (MHW).[3] This discrepancy is because during winter, the bridge's steel shrinks, ma