You can’t think of New York without thinking of the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s an architectural masterpiece that was once the largest suspension bridge in the world.
Plus, if you’ve been on our Pizza Tour, you know Grimaldi’s is located right under it! What’s better than that?
There is so much to know about this iconic bridge, so here is part 2 in our series of odd and interesting facts about the Brooklyn Bridge!
Brooklynites walked across an ice bridge to get to Manhattan.
As you know, the Brooklyn Bridge was built of necessity. The East River kept freezing and people needed a way to travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Prior to the bridge, their only option was to walk across the frozen river. Seems dangerous, but Brooklynites had fun with it! Over 20,000 people took the icy walk during the 1800s including Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, the first pastor of the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn. He said, “the trip was made to prove that it was not the wicked alone who could stand in slippery places.”
On one occassion in 1857 “the shores of either side were lined with people shouting, hurrahing and having a good time of it generally, and the utmost hilarity prevailed.” The ice bridges give a whole new meaning to, “back in my day we used to walk uphill, both ways, in the snow”!
The Brooklyn Bridge and wine go hand in hand.
There’s a bomb shelter in the Brooklyn Bridge.
Peregrine falcons live in the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge had a few other names.
What does George Washington have to do with the Brooklyn Bridge?
The color of the Brooklyn Bridge has a name.
In 2010 the city decided to repaint the bridge, but there was controversy over which color to use. The battle was between “Rawlins Red” and “Brooklyn Bridge Tan”. Proponents of “Rawlins Red” argued red was the original color from the iron oxide pigment derived from iron oxide mined near Rawlins, Wyoming. However, the new school won out and the bridge was painted “Brooklyn Bridge Tan”.
There you have it.
More cool facts about the Eighth Wonder of the World. In case you missed it, check out last weeks post about how it seemed construction of the bridge was doomed to fail and be sure to check out our tours!