Brooklyn Bridge The Brooklyn Bridge, built between 1869 and 1883, connects Manhattan with New York's most populous borough, Brooklyn. The bridge is one of the most magnificent landmarks in New York. Construction The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge started in 1869 and took 14 years to complete. The driving force behind the whole project, John Roebling died during the construction, together with 20 of his workers. His son took over but he suffered from the caisson-disease during the works on the pillars of the bridge and was on his dead bed during the inauguration. That day, May 24 1883, about 150,000 people crossed the bridge. The Bridge The Brooklyn Bridge ranks as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and remains one of New York's most popular and well known landmarks. The impressive bridge spans the East river from Brooklyn to lower Manhattan and stretches for about 1.5 km. An elevated pedestrian path gives you the opportunity to have a great view of downtown Manhattan's skyline, with a particularly nice view of the magnificent Woolworth building.turkeyarena.com Brooklyn Brooklyn, founded by the Dutch in the 17th century was an independent city until 1898, when Brooklyn decided in a close vote to become a borough of New York. At that time the Brooklyn bridge had connected the two cities for 15 years.