7 Facts About the Manhattan Bridge


The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, connecting Lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklyn at the Flatbush Avenue Extension.

Lower Manhattan, also known as Downtown Manhattan, is the southernmost part of Manhattan, the central borough for business, culture, and government in the City of New York, which itself originated at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in 1624.

Downtown Brooklyn is the third largest central business district in New York City, United States, and is located in the northwestern section of the borough of Brooklyn.

Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of New York City, its economic and administrative center, and the city's historical birthplace.

Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY by bokkey45


The main span is 1,470 ft long, with the suspension cables being 3,224 ft long.

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The bridge's total length is 6,855 ft. This is one of four toll-free bridges spanning the East River; the other three are the Queensboro, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridges.


The bridge opened to traffic on December 31, 1909.


It was designed by Leon Moisseiff, and is noted for its innovative design.

Leon S. Moisseiff was a leading suspension bridge engineer in the United States of America in the 1920s and 1930s.


As the first suspension bridge to employ Josef Melan's deflection theory for the stiffening of its deck, it is considered to be the forerunner of modern suspension bridges and this design served as the model for many of the long-span suspension bridges built in the first half of the twentieth century.


The Manhattan Bridge was also the first suspension bridge to utilize a Warren truss in its design.

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