NYC: A Brooklyn Bridge Walk to Pizza
New York City Week cont.:
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US and beckons a walk across for anyone that visits the city.
We decided to walk across from Manhattan to Brooklyn and head to a pizza joint for lunch on the other side at the end of our trip before we caught a ride to the airport. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1903 and the first steel wire suspension bridge.What took 14 years to build, 600 workers and $15 million, that would now be more like $320 million, supports about 150,000 people a day, by car, foot or bike. During construction 24 people died, including the designer, John Augustus Roebling, who had his toes smashed while taking some final readings and calculations and died three weeks later of tetanus. His son, Washington A. Roebling, took over as chief engineer and plans continued.
On May 24, 1883, the bridge was unveiled in a dedication ceremony presided over by President Chester A. Arther and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Emily Roebling took the first ride over the bridge and carried a rooster across, symbolizing victory and within 24 hours 250,000 people had walked over the bridge.Once to the other side we directed ourselves towards Grimaldi’s famous for their coal-fired brick oven that they cook their pizzas in. We got their before opening time and decided to walk around a bit and by the time we came back there was a bit of a line, but luckily for us we made the first cut and were among the first diners into the place when they opened. The pizza was filling and a perfect way to end our time in New York City.