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Spectacular Photos Show People Celebrating Brooklyn Bridge’s 100th Birthday

Few structures have stood as iconic emblems of New York City’s spirit and ambition like the Brooklyn Bridge. As we commemorate its 100th birthday, we’re reminded not just of steel and cables but of a legacy that bridges time, cultures, and aspirations. Here’s a glimpse into the grand celebrations marking a century of this remarkable edifice.

The Visionary Beginning

A century ago, the Brooklyn Bridge emerged as an architectural marvel, uniting Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. Designed by John A. Roebling and later completed by his son Washington Roebling, the bridge became a testament to human ingenuity and the spirit of perseverance amidst challenges, including the tragic loss of its original designer.

Centennial Festivities

The celebrations capturing the bridge’s 100th year are nothing short of spectacular. From fireworks illuminating the New York skyline to walking tours narrating tales of its construction and significance, the city has left no stone unturned. Local artisans have set up stalls showcasing crafts inspired by the bridge, while musicians and performers regale audiences with acts that echo the city’s multicultural tapestry.

The Bridge in Art and Literature

A highlight of the centennial celebrations has been the curated exhibitions across Brooklyn and Manhattan, displaying artworks inspired by the bridge. It’s not just visual arts; literary readings pay homage to the countless poets, novelists, and playwrights who’ve immortalized the Brooklyn Bridge in their works over the decades.

Community Memories and Shared Histories

The bridge, over its century-long existence, has been a silent witness to countless stories โ€“ from daily commutes to marriage proposals. As part of the celebrations, New Yorkers have been invited to share their personal memories and tales associated with the bridge, creating a mosaic of shared histories that are as diverse as the city itself.

#1 Sanitation Workers at Brooklyn Bridge’s Centennial, 1983

#2 Cal Abrams on Dodgers’ Parade Float, Brooklyn, 1983

#3 Brooklyn Dodgers on Parade Float with Ralph Branca and Cal Abrams, 1983

#4 Ralph Branca and Cal Abrams on Dodgers’ Parade Float, 1983

#5 Drum Majorettes at Brooklyn Bridge’s Centennial, 1983

#6 Cal Abrams on Dodgers’ Parade Float with Unidentified Others, 1983

#7 US Armed Forces Member and Nun Watch Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, 1983

#8 Clown-Dressed Marching Band Warms Up for Brooklyn Centennial, 1983

#9 Floyd Patterson Waves from New York Daily News Truck, Brooklyn, 1983

#10 Parade Participants as Wonder Woman, Batman, and Robin, Brooklyn, 1983

#11 Floyd Patterson in New York Daily News Truck at Brooklyn Centennial, 1983

#12 Rear View of Marching Band on Brooklyn Bridge, 1983

#13 Uniformed Sailors Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1983

#14 Christian Schmidt Brewing Company Truck at Brooklyn Centennial, 1983

#16 Wonder Woman, Batman, and Robin Crossing Brooklyn Bridge, 1983

#17 Rear View of Marching Band Crossing Brooklyn Bridge, 1983

#18 Floyd Patterson in New York Daily News Truck, Brooklyn, 1983

#19 Uniformed Marchers and Antique Car on Brooklyn Bridge, 1983

#20 Grand Lodge Members Marching Across Brooklyn Bridge, 1983

#21 Rear View of Marching Band on Brooklyn Bridge, 1983

#22 Spectators on a Hill at Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, 1983

#24 Elevated View of South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, 1983

#25 Street-Level View of Spectators in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, 1983

#26 Spectators at South Street Seaport During Brooklyn Centennial, 1983

#27 Street-Level Spectators at Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, 1983

#28 Rooftop Spectators at Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, 1983

#29 Spectators in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, 1983

#30 Elevated Spectators at South Street Seaport, Brooklyn, 1983

#32 Fireworks Over Brooklyn Bridge with Manhattan Skyline, 1983

Written by Wendy Robert

Brand journalist, Ghostwriter and Proud New Yorker. New York is not a city โ€“ itโ€™s a world.

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