Manhattan Bridge

The Manhattan Bridge connects lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. The design features a 1,470-foot suspension span that was originally configured to carry four lanes of vehicular traffic, eight rail lines (on two decks) and two pedestrian walkways. In the 1940's the decks were reconfigured to carry seven lanes of vehicles and four subway tracks. The bridge was designed by Leon Moisseiff with approaches designed by Carrere and Hastings. It opened to traffic on December 31, 1909. Serious structural problems were discovered in 1978, forcing an emergency closure and 26 years of reconstruction.

View from the West
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View from the West
View from the Southwest
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View from the Southwest
Tower closeup
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Tower closeup
Tower closeup
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Tower closeup
Under the bridge
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Under the bridge
Under the bridge
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Under the bridge
Gateway on the Manhattan side
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Gateway on the Manhattan side
South pedestrian walkway
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South pedestrian walkway
South pedestrian walkway
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South pedestrian walkway
South pedestrian walkway
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South pedestrian walkway
Cable support
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Cable support
South pedestrian walkway
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South pedestrian walkway
West tower detail
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West tower detail
West tower detail
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West tower detail
West tower detail
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West tower detail
West tower detail
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West tower detail
South pedestrian walkway
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South pedestrian walkway
West approach
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West approach
Stone arch under the West approach
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Stone arch under the West approach
East tower
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East tower
East tower
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East tower
Main span viewed from the southeast in Brooklyn
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Main span viewed from the southeast in Brooklyn
Under the east tower
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Under the east tower
Brooklyn anchorage
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Brooklyn anchorage
Brooklyn anchorage
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Brooklyn anchorage
Brooklyn anchorage
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Brooklyn anchorage
Under the Brooklyn abutment
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Under the Brooklyn abutment
Under the Brooklyn aproach
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Under the Brooklyn aproach
Stair up to south walkway on the Brooklyn side
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Stair up to south walkway on the Brooklyn side
Truss near Brooklyn anchorage
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Truss near Brooklyn anchorage
Looking across the subway tracks
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Looking across the subway tracks
Brooklyn anchorage cable-bent posts
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Brooklyn anchorage cable-bent posts
Brooklyn anchorage cable-bent post
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Brooklyn anchorage cable-bent post
Brooklyn anchorage cable-bent posts
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Brooklyn anchorage cable-bent posts
Southern walkway looking back at Brooklyn
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Southern walkway looking back at Brooklyn
Suspender cables on south side of eastern side span
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Suspender cables on south side of eastern side span
Information plaque on east tower
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Information plaque on east tower
Looking up at the east tower
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Looking up at the east tower
Lighting switch?
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Lighting switch?
Looking down at the eastern pier
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Looking down at the eastern pier
Looding down at the eastern pier
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Looding down at the eastern pier
Manhattan anchorage cable-bent posts
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Manhattan anchorage cable-bent posts
Manhattan anchorage cable-bent post
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Manhattan anchorage cable-bent post
Southern walkway viewed from Manhattan side
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Southern walkway viewed from Manhattan side
Vestigial trolly car catenary wire post
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Vestigial trolly car catenary wire post
Rust on roadway trim
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Rust on roadway trim
Gateway on the Manhattan side
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Gateway on the Manhattan side