Bridges

New York is home to some of the most famous bridges in the world, with nearly all of the major ones setting or breaking records. The Queensboro Bridge was the longest cantilever bridge in North America when it opened in 1909, and the George Washington Bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge when it opened in 1931. The George Washington Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are considered among the most beautiful in the world. The H.A Dunne collection of vintage images of New York City’s bridges, includes some of the most compelling images of some of the worlds most famous bridges—including photos of the Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Manhattan, Queensboro, and George Washington bridges throughout their construction. Our collection of vintage images of NYC’s bridges is as deep and wide as the rivers they cross. What’s here is just the tip of the iceberg. To see more, or to source a particular image, call us at: 888-250-8956.

Lower Manhattan Skyline through Brooklyn Bridge Cables, 1923

Lower Manhattan Skyline through Brooklyn Bridge Cables, 1923

This view of the Lower Manhattan Skyline from the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge is enhanced by the geometrics of the steel support cables and lattice.  The cables themselves were, in part, made from inferior wire that a subcontractor snuck into the project.  Rather than remove them, Chief Engineer Roebling let them stay, reasoning that the bridge would now be only four times stronger than it needed to be rather than six.

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Lower Manhattan Skyline Viewed from the Brooklyn Bridge, 1914

Lower Manhattan Skyline Viewed from the Brooklyn Bridge, 1914

Pedestrians stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge toward the Park Row Terminal, flanked by an Manhattan-bound train on their right.  Beyond the train, City Hall looms in the background, and to the far left the Woolworth Building juts at the sky.  Streetcars as well as the BMT rail line ran over the Brooklyn Bridge until around the middle of the last century.

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Brooklyn Bridge, 1905

Brooklyn Bridge, 1905

The camera points west toward the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan as a ferry boat crosses beneath.  The bridge itself was inspired by a ferry crossing in the winter of 1852 during which engineer John Roebling was stranded for hours by ice pack.  He decided then, there needed to be a bridge built, and by 1870 his dream was under construction.

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Brooklyn Bridge Under Construction, 1877

Brooklyn Bridge Under Construction, 1877

The Brooklyn Bridge is probably the most famous bridge in the United States, rivaled only by the Golden Gate.  Here we see it in 1877, seven years into its construction.  Visitors stand on a catwalk above the Brooklyn side, while the camera points west toward Manhattan.  When it opened in 1883, it would link two of the nations largest cities, paving the way for the creation of the City of Greater New York.

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