Manhattan Bridge

About 25 years after they opened the Brooklyn Bridge, they opened the Manhattan Bridge, just a wee way uptown.

It’s also a spectacular suspension bridge, although it lacks the allure of its older sibling. It pays to be first, I guess.

But it is a wonderful old bridge, and the artists living on the Brooklyn side right in its shadow call their area DUMBO, standing for “down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass.”


Shore-level view of Manhattan Bridge tower from underneath the span

Shore-level view of Manhattan Bridge towers and span to Manhattan

Shore-level view of Manhattan Bridge towers and span to Manhattan

I don’t know who’s building that tower in the background, but they should stop and reverse course. It’s ruining the sight lines.


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6 Responses to Manhattan Bridge

  1. Tom Watson says:

    I did not know about the DUMBO area. My learning for today.

  2. Judith Umbach says:

    Didn’t know any of this about the Manhattan Bridge. Possibly I crossed it in ignorance in May this year.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Judith – Well, the lovely thing about bridges is that they’re wonderful even if we don’t know much about them.

  3. I wonder how the enormity of that construction in the visual neighborhood affects the art of the DUMBOs?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – Certainly it’s odd to come around a corner and have that massive bridge overhead. Maybe we could get some sponsorship money to research this pressing question. I’m looking for any excuse to get back to New York, preferably on someone else’s nickel . . .

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