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Happy Birthday to the Brooklyn Bridge!

On May 24, 1883 — that is 125 years ago today — the Brooklyn Bridge opened, connecting Brooklyn with Manhattan.

The iconic landmark, one of America's first suspension bridges, represents the beginning of modern New York. The bridge took 13 years to build and cost $15 million.

New York is celebrating the engineering marvel with lectures, dances, performances, a film series, and guided tours. Check out some pictures from the celebrations thus far. Have you ever walked across the Brooklyn Bridge?


Celebrations for the grand opening of the bridge, May 24, 1883.

The Brooklyn Philharmonic performs under the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday.

Happy Birthday!

New York, New York. So good you gotta say it twice.

New York hosted a fireworks display.

The 6,000 foot landmark will be lit every night through May 26.

One of the US's oldest suspension bridges spanning the East River between the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan

New York hosted a fireworks display.

Heading to Manhattan!

Definitely iconic. Happy Birthday!!

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sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
I have walked across twice. I am taking my sister for the third time this summer. The bridge is one of my fav NYC sights!
Advah Advah 7 years
I've walked on it, but not across (afraid of heights!). Beautiful view, beautiful bridge. :)
janneth janneth 7 years
Remember the near calamity when half a million people (I think) --including me--tried to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge? What a mess.
brittanyk brittanyk 7 years
I've walked across the Brooklyn Bridge a couple of times. It's such a pretty bridge. Plus, the views rock.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
I plan to take a walk on the bridge this weekend.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
How do I get my hands on that car?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I love the Brooklyn Bridge and I LOVE NY!! I miss it so. Haven't walked across it but I did take a 1960 Rolls Royce princess Limo across it on prom night :-)
freegracefrom freegracefrom 7 years
Yes, I have walked the bridge. I'm not a fan of NYC in general, but that IS a beautiful bridge.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 7 years
I live in Brooklyn and I have walked the bridge. This celebration looks like so much fun, I hope I can go out and see a little of it.
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