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Brooklyn Bridge Celebrates 129 Years

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Brooklyn Bridge Celebrates 129 Years

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Brooklyn Bridge Celebrates 129 Years

Brooklyn Bridge Celebrates 129 Years

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When it opened 129 years ago, the Brooklyn Bridge claimed to be the longest suspension bridge in the world. It's completion in 1883, kicked off what's dubbed "New York's Golden Age of Bridges."

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now let's raise a toast to a bridge that once claimed the title of longest suspension bridge in the world. That was the Brooklyn Bridge, which opened 129 years ago yesterday. With a span of 1,500 feet, it featured two carriage ways, two railway lines, and a lane that pedestrians could use at the cost of one penny.

In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge launched New York's Golden Age of Bridges, a hundred year period during which three more of the city's bridges would hold the world's longest title, the last being Verrazano-Narrows, connecting Staten Island with Brooklyn.

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