Did you know that a woman spent 11 years building the Brooklyn Bridge? On this 1.5-hour Brooklyn Bridge tour, you will learn how the bride was built, check out some of the best views of the city from the bridge, and (of course) cross over the bridge. Why walk the Brooklyn Bridge on your own when you can walk it with me while learning some history?
Sites on this Brooklyn Bridge tour include:
- Brooklyn Borough Hall
- Roebling house
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade
- Views of Manhattan from Brooklyn
- Walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge
Topics on this Brooklyn Bridge walk include:
- The drama and fear surrounding the Brooklyn Bridge
- Story of the family that build the bridge
- Bridge-building techniques used in the 1800s, such as caisson tunneling
- The many disasters that nearly caused the demise of the project
- Emily Warren Roebling, the woman who saved the bridge
- Great views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, the East River, and the New York Harbor
The Brooklyn Bridge was built between 1869 and 1883. It was the longest suspension bridge of its day. Today, it’s considered one of the modern wonders of the world, a work of art, and one of the largest tourist destinations in New York City.
The bridge’s engineering has long been attributed to two men: John and Washington Roebling. Though both men played primary roles in the planning of the bridge, one woman oversaw its execution for nearly 11 years. Yet even though she’s often credited to lending a helping hand to its completion, she often only receives a footnote in history.
How much did Emily Warren Roebling actually contribute to the building of the bridge?
We’ll walk the bridge, from Brooklyn, to Manhattan, taking in the skyline as we cross. As we make our journey to Manhattan, you’ll learn the story of the two civil engineers that worked on the Brooklyn Bridge—and the woman who held the project together and saw it to its completion.
Meeting Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall (in front of the fountain)
Meeting Time: 10:20 AM
Tour Duration: 1.5 hours