May 24, 1883, Brooklyn Bridge opens The iconic bridge linked Brooklyn to Manhattan. The cable structure took 14 years to build, involved 600 workers and cost $15 million (over $320 million today). At least a dozen workers died, including the bridge's ingenious designer, John Augustus Roebling, who died of tetanus just as construction was to begin. His son, also an engineer, stepped in to lead the project.— AP Photo
The steamboat Chester W. Chapin docks at a pier in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, ca. 1905.— AP Photo
Rain and wind pass over the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York skyline as Hurricane Sandy advances on the city, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. — AP Photo
The view of the Manhattan Bridge, left, and Brooklyn Bridge as seen from the 105th floor of One World Trade Center, Friday, May 10, 2013 in New York. — AP Photo
A man takes pictures from the Brooklyn Bridge during a snowstorm in New York March 8, 2013. — Reuters Photo
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrians stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Manhattan to Brooklyn, in 1891. The design of the bridge purposefully incorporated a promenade.— AP Photo
In this Oct. 7, 1914 photo provided by the New York City Municipal Archives, painters are suspended from wires on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.— AP Photo
People stop along the Brooklyn waterfront to photograph the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in New York.— AP Photo
Commuters cross New York's Brooklyn Bridge.— AP Photo
A man walks through Brooklyn Bridge Park during a snowstorm in New York, March 8, 2013. — Reuters Photo
Friday May 24,2013 marked the 130th anniversary of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States.
Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. With a main span of 1,595.5 feet, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903.
On May 24, 1883, the bridge was dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland.