The Manhattan Bridge
The last of the three great suspension bridges constructed across the East River,
the Manhattan Bridge today is one of the most heavily traveled East River crossings.
During an average day, more than 78,000 vehicles and 350,000 people use the bridge’s
six roadways and two subway tracks to pass between Canal Street in lower Manhattan and
Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Engineered by Leon Moisseiff (1872-1943) and fitted with a splendid set
of approaches designed by the renowned architectural team of Carrere and Hastings, the Manhattan Bridge is
one of the most aesthetically pleasing of New York City’s transportation structures.
Manhattan Bridge Facts
Construction commenced - October 1, 1901
Open to Traffic - December 31, 1909
Total length - 6855 feet
Length of main span - 1470 feet
Length of each of the four cables - 3224 feet
The Queensboro Bridge
Originally christened Blackwell’s Island Bridge, and intended to
link Manhattan’s Harlem Line with the Long Island Railroad, the colossal,
two-decked Queensboro Bridge is one of the greatest cantilever bridges in the history
of American bridge design. A collaboration between the famed bridge engineer Gustav Lindenthal (1850-1935) and architect Henry Hornbostel,
the Queensboro’s massive, silver-painted trusses span the East River between 59th Street in Manhattan and Long Island City in Queens and
offer spectacular views of midtown Manhattan, highlighted by the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations.
Often referred to as the 59th Street Bridge, the Queensboro’s completion preceded that of the Manhattan Bridge by nine months.
The bridge has been immortalized by numerous artists and musicians, including Simon & Garfunkel in their hit song, "The 59th Street Bridge Song/Feelin’ Groovy."
Queensboro Bridge Facts
Construction commenced - July 19, 1901
Open to traffic - March 30, 1909
Total length of bridge and approaches - 7449 feet