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Black White Brooklyn Bridge New York Night Poster by made_in_atlantis
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The Grand Opening for the Brooklyn Bridge
The grand opening for the bridge was held on May 24, 1883. Some Irish residents of New York took offense as the day happened to be the birthday of Queen Victoria, but most of the city turned out to celebrate.
President Chester A. Arthur came to New York City for the event and led a group of dignitaries who walked across the bridge. Military bands played, and cannons in the Brooklyn Navy Yard sounded salutes.
A number of speakers lauded the bridge, calling it a “Wonder of Science” and lauding its anticipated contribution to commerce. The bridge became an instant symbol of the age.
More than 125 years after its completion, the bridge still functions everyday as a vital route for New York commuters. And while the roadway structures have been changed to accommodate automobiles, the pedestrian walkway is still a popular attraction for strollers, sightseers, and tourists.
Black & White Unique New York City Poster Print by made_in_atlantis
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