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Pedestrians stroll along the promenade of the Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City, 1891. The suspension bridge was opened to traffic on May 24, 1883. When bridge designer John A. Roebling incorporated the promenade into the design of the bridge, he said it was important that the people take part in the leisures afforded by the bridge. (AP Photo)

130th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge

Today marks 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