The Locks on the Brooklyn Bridge—Graffiti or a Symbol of Love?
A controversial trend from Paris has come to New York. (Photo: Getty Images)
Attention, romantics: The Brooklyn Bridge is no longer for lovers, at least when it comes to “love locks.”
According to the New York Daily News, city officials aren’t fans of couples attaching locks to the bridge and then throwing the key into the East River.
A symbol of eternal love to some, the padlocks have become a major headache for maintenance crews, who have already cut off 5,600 locks from the national landmark since July, New York City Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nicole Garcia confirmed to Yahoo Travel. But the amorous just keep adding more.
About 5,600 of these have been cut off in Brooklyn since July. (Photo: Brainbitch/Flickr)
To New York officials, these love locks are just graffiti. (Photo: Kevin Case/Flickr)
Maybe it’s the warmer weather that inspires more people to venture out and express an attachment to someone special with a padlock. To the city, it’s just another piece of bridge debris to clean up.
"The number of locks left on the bridge in recent weeks significantly increases the expenses required for this and diverts crews that would otherwise be assigned to other maintenance operations," Garcia told Yahoo Travel.
"The locks also potentially pose a safety risk for workers or motorists on the lower deck, and thus these periodic maintenance efforts also occasionally require the temporary closure of traffic lanes," she said.