It’s hard to imagine Brooklyn without its namesake bridge, but 134 years ago the Brooklyn Bridge was a sparkling new engineering wonder. Opened to the public on May 24, 1883 — after 14 years of construction — the bridge united Brooklyn and Manhattan and quickly became an iconic part of the waterfront skyline.
Brooklyn Bridge is now a must-see for tourists, a heavily used pedestrian pathway and, of course, one of the most photographed symbols of the borough.
In celebration of the anniversary, we’ve looked through our @brownstoner Instagram feed for the 10 most popular Brooklyn Bridge images we’ve ever posted.
10. Sunny Days
9. Misty Walk
8. Brooklyn Streetscape
7. Packed Walkway
6. Amber Hued
5. Foggy Ride
4. Under the Umbrella
3. Singin’ in the Rain
1. Soaring Sight
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