You cannot visit New York without taking a walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge. It is an icon of New York City, opened for use on May 24, 1883 after taking 14 years (1869-1883) to construct and is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge, and is one of the oldest bridges of either type in the United States.
Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by crossing the East River..
The opening ceremony was attended by several thousand people and many ships were present in the East Bay for the occasion. President Chester A. Arthur and Mayor Franklin Edson were present on that day. On that first day, a total of 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed what was then the only land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn.