One of the best New York City things to do might just involve walking across, rather than selling, a bridge to Brooklyn. Arguably the most famous bridge in the world (okay, perhaps second to that orange-hued one in San Francisco), the Brooklyn Bridge is not only aesthetically pleasing, it makes for a great work out. The 271-foot-tall neo-gothic arches are certainly the bridge’s trademark, but strolling along the elevated pedestrian walkway (starting in Brooklyn and walking toward Manhattan) is a must for any visitor. When it was completed in 1883, it not only united Brooklyn and Manhattan for the first time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at almost 6,000 feet. The bridge’s construction was overseen first by John Augustus Roebling and then his son Washington. But after the latter suddenly died, his wife, Emily Warren Roebling, took over and finished the job. Yes, a woman oversaw the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, a fact that has been largely lost to history.
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