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Today in New York History

On this day in 1882, New York City paid for the Brooklyn Bridge – Manhattan paid $416,666 and Brooklyn covered the remaining $833,333.34 big bucks, for a grand total of $1,249,999.34. Originally known as the East River Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of America’s favorite bridges; millions of people cross each year by car, by foot, and by bike.

With a span of 1,595 feet, the bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world until the Williamsburg Bridge was constructed in 1903, although it is the United States’ oldest suspension bridge and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. The iconic bridge was ultimately opened on May 24, 1883, and remains one of New York’s most beloved landmarks.

– Daniela Quintanilla

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