Manhattan North of the Bridge to Canal Street
Brooklyn North of the Bridge
Brooklyn North of the Bridge
The area north of the bridge was devoted largely to industry and shipping activities. Warehouses, ferry slips, coal and lumber yards, chemical works and distilleries, sugar refineries were located on the shore and in surrounding neighborhoods. The U.S. Navy Yard, established in 1801, and the Empire Stores, built in the years after the Civil War, are still standing.
Construction begun: 1896
Open to traffic: December 19, 1903
Total length: 7,306 feet
Main span: 1,668 feet
Each cable: 3,985 feet long
Diameter of cables: 18.6 in.
Number of wires in each cable: 7,896
Length of wire in all four cables: 17,404 miles
Height of towers
Construction begun: 1901
Open to traffic: December 31, 1909
Total length: 6,855 feet
Main span: 1,470 feet long
Each cable: 3,223 feet long
Diameter of cables: 21 1/4 in.
Number of wires in each cable: 3,463
Length of wire in all four cables: 23,232 miles
Height of towers above high water mark: 336 ft
Construction begun: 1869
Open to traffic: May 24, 1883
Total length: 8,016 feet
Main span: 1,595 1/2 feet
Each cable: 3,578 feet long
Diameter of cables: 15 3/4 in.
Number of wires in each cable: 5,383
Length of wire in all four cables: 14,357 miles
Height of towers above high water mark: 272 feet
Erected by The 1983 Brooklyn Bridge Centennial Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is May 24, 1883.
Location. 40° 42.254′ N, 73° 59.66′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Brooklyn Bridge Promenade. This marker is located on the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade at the southeast tower, facing Manhattan.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Brooklyn Bridge (a few steps from this marker); The Builders of the Bridge (a few steps from this marker); 1883 New York Harbor (a few steps from this marker); Brookland Ferry Landing (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fulton Street Pier (about 400 feet away); Brooklyn City Railroad Company Building (about 500 feet away); No. 1 Front Street Conversion (about 700 feet away); Eagle Warehouse (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. This marker is in two panels placed at right-angle to each other. It is too large for a readable image to photographed in one picture, thus a series of pictures are presented to be viewed 1-7 (left to right).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 30, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.