Brooklyn North of the BridgeThe dense fabric of buildings along the shore housed an unregulated mixture of industry and sea-related businesses. Lumber yards, coal yards, and storehouses lined the wharves and were the background for the picturesque masts of sailing ships docked at the piers. At Grand, Houston and 10th streets, ferries brought commuters and pleasure seekers back and forth between New York and Brooklyn.
Brooklyn North of the Bridge
The area north of the bridge was devoted largely to industry and shipping activities. Warehouses, ferry slips, coal and lumber yards, chemical works and distilleries, sugar refineries were located on the shore and in surrounding neighborhoods. The U.S. Navy Yard, established in 1801, and the Empire Stores, built in the years after the Civil War, are still standing.
Construction begun: 1896
Open to traffic: December 19, 1903
Total length: 7,306 feet
Main span: 1,668 feet
Each cable: 3,985 feet long
Diameter of cables: 18.6 in.
Number of wires in each cable: 7,896
Length of wire in all four cables: 17,404 miles
Height of towers above high water mark: 332 ft. 9 in.
Construction begun: 1901
Open to traffic: December 31, 1909
Total length: 6,855 feet
Main span: 1,470 feet long
Each cable: 3,223 feet long
Diameter of cables: 21 1/4 in.
Number of wires in each cable: 3,463
Length of wire in all four cables: 23,232 miles
Height of towers above high water mark: 336 ft
Construction begun: 1869
Open to traffic: May 24, 1883
Total length: 8,016 feet
Main span: 1,595 1/2 feet
Each cable: 3,578 feet long
Diameter of cables: 15 3/4 in.
Number of wires in each cable: 5,383
Length of wire in all four cables: 14,357 miles
Height of towers above high water mark: 272 feet
|Placed By||The 1983 Brooklyn Bridge Centennial Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 10:28pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 584955 N 4506411|
|Decimal Degrees||40.70423333, -73.99433333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 42.254', W 73° 59.66'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 42' 15.24" N, 73° 59' 39.60" W|
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|Area Code(s)||718, 917, 347, 212|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1555 Brooklyn Bridge, Midway NY 11201, US|
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