Walking the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC – Twenty Years Ago Today

Lacking an idea for a subject, (sharing every week or two is my usual routine,) I arbitrarily looked into my archives for today’s date and ultimately came across the following – on March 27th, 1995.  

This post contains eight photos.

Short on time? just scroll down and click on the images….and as usual, comments are always welcome. 

80.097             3-27-95   Brooklyn Bridge and Woolworth Building
From the Brooklyn side, looking back at the Woolworth Building on the left, once the tallest building in NYC.

My career had me working “on the road” that day at the NY Post Production plant in Manhattan, then located just north of the bridge. After, I took advantage of the beautiful day and walked across the iconic structure.

80.103     3-27-95     Intricate Brooklyn Bridge cables
From this vantage among the web like cables, the Twin Towers stand to the left, doomed to fall 6 1/2 years later on 9/11/11
80.110     3-27-05   Brooklyn Bridge webbing north side
On my Canon Rebel (film) SLR, I used a polarizing filter to bring up the contrast a bit, as these intricate patterns were awesome against the clear blue skies.
80.109.1  3-27-95   Main cable, Brooklyn Bridge
There are four primary cables stretched over the two towers. I love the simple but obviously adequate design of the drop cable’s attachments, shown here. 

Just imagine the forces (weight) sustained by these components!

80.090.1          3-27-95   Manhatten and brooklyn Bridges
In this close up view of a load cable and crossing “stabilizing” cable, the Manhattan Bridge is seen beyond,  completed in 1909, 25 years after the Brooklyn Bridge.
80.091.1          3-27-95  WTC from Brooklyn Bridge
With the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in the background, various “working lines” of the Brooklyn Bridge steadfastly remain taut after 104 years at the time of this photo – 129 years today.
80.087.1         3-27-95   Lamp and Woolworth from BB
Opened to the public in 1913, the Woolworth Building stands about 3 times taller, seen here with one of the bridge’s lampposts in the foreground.

80.082            3-27-95     Brooklyn Bridge Plaque

After completing this walk, I explored the City Hall Building just off the Manhattan side of the bridge, finding easy access to the rotunda on top with its awesome view of lower Manhattan. 

Thanks as usual for viewing. M 🙂

9 thoughts on “Walking the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC – Twenty Years Ago Today

    1. Yes. And regarding your recent take on today’s concerns for security, the wake-up call happened 6 1/2 years after these pictures – when the weather was as clear and blue, but the towers went away, and the bridge was head to sholdier with the people, escaping to Brooklyn. It has changed! M 🙁

  1. What engineers do and how they create is always so awe-inspiring to me – from the Archimedes Water Screw to the Brooklyn Bridge, I always wonder, “how did they ever come up with that first, “Hey – why not try this?” 🙂

  2. Sérgio Ricca Gonçalves

    Some years ago I visited the Brooklin Bridge and I was convinced that in the historic plaque – that you include in your blogue – there is an ortographic error: ACHORAGES, instead of ANCHORAGES but I could’nt get confirmation from the official autorities. I’m portuguese so not sure about this.
    Please coment. Thanks

    1. I did not notice this until you mentioned it here, but clearly it is an error, The plaque was installed around 1991, or so it says, and I would assume the error was not noticed until after installation, or not deemed significant enough to correct. If I come across more information, I’ll post it here. Thanks for your eagle eyes!

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