… sang Frank Sinatra in the 1940’s black & white film, It Happened in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge is such a beautiful song.
If someone asked you to name New York’s top three iconic landmarks, I am sure that nine times out of ten, the Brooklyn Bridge would make the cut. It’s been inspiration for so many films, poems, stories, as well as a setting for life’s moments.
Love moments, locked on the Bridge
Architecturally stunning, from it you can see expansive views of down- and uptown Manhattan, as well as the water tower adorned industrial vista of a lofted Brooklyn. Its prime geographic location and open air viewing deck mean considerably less obstructed vantage points of New York than those seen from the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges. (NB: The Bridge is undergoing renovation at this time so there is scaffolding on part of the way from Brooklyn towards its centre).
Sightseers on scaffolding; uptown Manhattan and the Manhattan Bridge (background)
Scaffolding from Brooklyn side
Unlike its aforementioned siblings, who have separate pathways on either side of them for cyclists and walkers (though the rule is slightly relaxed on the Manhattan Bridge given its current construction detours), on the Brooklyn Bridge, everyone shares the same path. There may be a dividing line to maintain some order, though this is hard to achieve given the throngs of tourists who cross it daily; walkers can be seen strolling shoulder to shoulder and cyclists love to ring their bike-bells to caution stop-start photographers and gawkers, who may have crossed the line. That said, it is very fun photographing the landmark.
Tripods and Manhattan vistas
As the Brooklyn Bridge is mentioned and/or featured in so many works, I thought I’d share some interesting excerpts with you, so you may get to know it from a number of points of view.
All photographs are my own – taken between December 2011 and January 2012. A few may have been retouched with the Nikon D5000.
I’ve lived most of my life in Manhattan, but as close as Brooklyn is to Manhattan, there are people who live there who have been to Manhattan maybe once or twice. ~ Ellen Burstyn
Brooklyn is very much worth the visit...
Dumbo's lofts from Brooklyn Bridge
Good composition is like a suspension bridge – each line adds strength and takes none away. ~ Robert Henri
View from Broklyn's Fulton Park
Mortimer Brewster: All I did was cross the bridge and I was in Brooklyn. Amazing. ~Movie: Arsenic and Old Lace
View of Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge
You're in Brooklyn
Sunrise on the bridge
light splashing through the arches
joggers chasing dreams
~ Haiku: Brooklyn Bridge by Laurence Overmire
Since the bridge was completed in 1883, the idea of illegally selling it has become the ultimate example of persuasion. A good salesman could sell it, a great swindler would sell it, and the perfect sucker would fall for the scam. ~ For You, Half Price – New York Times.
A view from the East River shores of Brooklyn
“The oddity of the thing today,” said Luc Sante, author of the book, Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, “is not that there might have been con artists ready to see the bridge, but that there would have been suckers gullible enough and sufficiently well-heeled to fall for it.” ~ For You, Half Price – New York Times.
“Up to the 1920’s people were still trying,” Mr Nash said. “But it was a hard sale. Immigrants had become much more sophisticated and knowledgeable, and by that time the processors at Ellis Island were handing out cards or booklets saying, You can’t buy public buildings or streets. These shifts explain why the Brooklyn Bridge is the span associated with swindles; the city’s other bridges were built after the high tide of gullibility had already begun slipping away.” ~ For You, Half Price – New York Times.
re: the above... Is this reflection for sale?
They may call me a ‘rube’ and a ‘hick’. I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it. ~ Will Rogers
Strolling from Manhattan...
In the 19th century, the bridge was one of the two best-known symbols of America, the other being the Statue of Liberty. ~ Kathleen Hulser, the public historian at the New York Historical Society
Downtown Manhattan from the Bridge; Statue of Liberty - in the far off distance
Another NY icon - the yellow cab
If you’ve been a rover
Journey’s end lies over the Brooklyn Bridge
Don’t let no one tell you
I’ve been tryin’ to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge
All the folks in Manhattan are sad
’cause they look at her and wish they had
The good old Brooklyn Bridge.
~Lyrics: Frank Sinatra sings ‘The Brooklyn Bridge’
Untried expedient, untried; then tried;
way out; way in; romantic passageway
first seen by the eye of the mind,
then by the eye. O steel! O stone!
Climactic ornament, a double rainbow,
as if inverted by French perspicacity,
John Roebling’s monument,
German tenacity’s also;
composite span—an actuality.
~ Poem: Granite and Steel, Marianne Moore
East River against the Arch
O harp and altar, of the fury fused,
(How could mere toil align thy choiring strings!)
Terrific threshold of the prophet’s pledge,
Prayer of pariah, and the lover’s cry,–
Again the traffic lights that skim thy swift
Unfractioned idiom, immaculate sigh of stars,
Beading thy path–condense eternity:
And we have seen night lifted in thine arms.
~ Poem: To Brooklyn Bridge, Hart Crane
Annie Hall: Do you love me?
Alvy Singer: Love is too weak a word for what I feel – I luuurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F’s, yes I have to invent, of course I – I do, don’t you think I do?
~ Words spoken near the Brooklyn Bridge. From the movie: Annie Hall
View of the Bridge from Dumbo
View from the Manhattan Bridge
The cables that hold up (the Brooklyn Bridge) on big stone piers are beautiful and not hidden. It’s metal in your face taking traditional material and putting it to use in a way that you can see what it can do. ~ Alan Goodheart
A collection of love locks like the ones found in Paris, Budapest, and Seoul are starting to pile up on the New York City landmark. ~newyork.cbslocal.com
Whenever I think of yesterday,
I close my eyes and see,
That place Just Over The Brooklyn Bridge
That will always be home to me.
It’ll always be home to me.
~ Lyrics: Just Over The Brooklyn Bridge, Art Garfunkel