Monday, May 2, 2011

The Brooklyn Bridge

OK, this will be my last post from Manhattan, I promise. Most photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge are shot looking along the roadway and pedestrian walkways. From the South Street Seaport, I saw this view from the side. What I like about this is that it shows the complex arrangement of Suspender cables, both vertically and diagonally. The arrangement of all these wire cables is what gives the Brooklyn Bridge its distinctive beauty. The story behind the cables is really interesting. It turns out that the wire cables supplied were of poor quality. By the time they discovered that, it was too late to change them, so to be safe, they added diagonal cables from the towers to the deck in order to stiffen the bridge. It turns out they were unnecessary, but they were kept for their beauty. Please click on this image to see it in more detail.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photo. They don't build bridges like they used to.