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    im reading a book on the construction of the bridge.
    it is excellent. great history.

    whos walked across? ridden a bike across? bike path on it?
    its about a mile long i thk.
    i have to go down this spring and check it out.
     

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    Walked and motorcycled (lots). there is a bike path and you should do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    im reading a book on the construction of the bridge.
    it is excellent. great history.
    The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough, right? A thrilling story indeed. The Ken Burns film is wonderful, too.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by palincss View Post
    The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough, right? A thrilling story indeed. The Ken Burns film is wonderful, too.
    yep.
    great story.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by palincss View Post
    The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough, right? A thrilling story indeed. The Ken Burns film is wonderful, too.
    If you like that book, you might also enjoy this one about the effort to get the railway into NY from the PA/NJ side (upstate NY having come into Manhattan earlier)- it talks alot about building the Lincoln Tunnel.

    Conquering Gotham: Building Penn Station and Its Tunnels
     

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    steve-

    I was there for new years day. It was frigid but you could still see evidence of the new year's eve celebration from the prior night - cork stops, confetti and beer bottles. It was my first time there and it was an amazing sight, particularly during sunrise with thousands of other people who were in a festive (and hungover) mood.

    If I had to rely on it to cross over to Brooklyn from Manhattan, I would not be so pleased because it was swarming with pedestrians.

    I saw a construction placard denoting the 1875 construction date and remember thinking what an awesome feat to build such a bridge with tooling from 135 years ago.
     

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    Pucci's real angle!

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    SteveP,

    I've been looking to buy stock in the Brooklyn Bridge and heard you are the man to talk to about buying a part of this historic structure. Is this true? Where can I send my cash?
     

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    Skated the banks on Manhattan side..

    Driven across a few times too..

     

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    Didn't some workers get the bends while building the foundation or I'm I wrong again?


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    I love the visual of being on the bridge at dawn on new year's day. I've never done that. I ride it several times a week, and my favorite time to be there is the middle of the night in the summer. You are suspended there above the city in the warm wind, with outrageous views of the city - a crush of lights all around - and out into the bay with the statue of liberty glinting there, and slow-moving lights of boats on the dark water.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disturbed View Post
    Didn't some workers get the bends while building the foundation or I'm I wrong again?
    yea they did
    including the main engineer
    they didnt know what it was.

    fascinating book.

    im waiting for spring so i can fabricate a reason to go down.

    years ago i took a boat from australia to nyc.
    we entered the harbor at sunrise.
    it was stunning beyond belief.
    you go under the verrezano, turn a bend and there is the statue of liberty then a little more and the city skyline pops into view. the sun was rising right up 5th avenue.
    remarkable..
    it was 1971 and i can see it like it was yesterday.
    middle of winter, cold as shit.
    spectacular, no place like it.

    yankees suck though.
     

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    Wire rope...John Roebling's contribution to society.

    http://www.inventionfactory.com/hist...y/rsframe.html
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    SteveP,

    I've been looking to buy stock in the Brooklyn Bridge and heard you are the man to talk to about buying a part of this historic structure. Is this true? Where can I send my cash?
    saab,
    your purchase has been approved by the committee.
    send the check down right away.
     

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    NYC infrastructure leaves me awestruck.

    I read a book last year about the Manhattan Bridge. All the steel came from now-defunct mills in Phoenixville, PA.

    The guys designing those bridges were using techniques that had never been seen before and were literally inventing the 20th century amto.
     

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    it's pretty spectacular riding over the brooklyn bridge at sunrise, when the sun creeps up over the east river.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    im reading a book on the construction of the bridge.
    it is excellent. great history.

    whos walked across? ridden a bike across? bike path on it?
    its about a mile long i thk.
    i have to go down this spring and check it out.
    I have walked, run and biked over it. Bike lane is overrun by peds during high traffic times.
     

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    David McCullough pretty much rocks, whatever he writes.

    I walked over it for the first time last year, from Manhattan to Brooklyn and then back on the Manhattan Bridge. It was a spectacular day, perfect weather. The view south from the bridge is breathtaking. Because it was so nice, the walk was packed. Too many impatient cyclists, honestly.

    The Manhattan Bridge was a good way to avoid the crowds and get to Chinatown and the Lower East Side. But it ain't pretty.
    GO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by palincss View Post
    The Ken Burns film is wonderful, too.
    Actually, it's Ric Burns who did the New York series,
    if that's the one you're referring to.

    http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Ric-B.../ref=pd_cp_d_0

    -g
     

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    If it's a nice day, it's well worth walking it. Lots of tourists, joggers, hipsters on fixies but I loved it anyway. Riding across it would almost make it go by too fast - make a lot of stops on the way to just take it all in.

    Thanks for the book recommendation .
     

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