The original name for the bridge was the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, then the East River Bridge. Now it is simply known as Brooklyn Bridge.
Other statistics: width 85 ft (25.9 m), height 276.5 ft (84.3 m) above mean high water and longest span 1,595.5 ft (486.3 m).
Other constructions that are neo-Gothic include the Palace of Westminster in London and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
There are six lanes for cars to use, with tens of thousands of cars crossing each day (annual average daily traffic of 123,781 in 2008).
The official opening date for the bridge was May 24, 1883. John Augustus Roebling was the designer of the bridge.
The famous bridge became a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.
The bridge was multi-purpose to ease traffic flow between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Trains (elevated lines) operated until 1944 and streetcars until 1950.
The bridge is quite the film star! It has featured in Once Upon a Time in America, The Dark Knight Rises, Annie Hall, Gangs of New York and many more!
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