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Where is New York City?

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what’s in New York City?

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Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge appears awesomely over New York City’s East River, connecting the two famous townships of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Since 1883, its granite towers and steel cables have rendered a harmless and charming passage to millions of commuters and tourists, trains and bicycles, pushcarts and cars. The construction of the bridge took 14 years, had 600 workers and costed $15 million (more than $320 million in today’s dollars). So many people died in the process that included its original designer. Now it is more than 125 years old and is one of the iconic features of the New York City skyline still carrying roughly 150,000 vehicles and striders every day. Did you know that at the time of construction, Brooklyn, which was founded by Dutch settlers in the 17th century, was still an independent city? In fact, it was one of the country's largest cities. In 1898, fifteen years after the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn citizens decided in a close vote to become a region of this amazing New York City. The Brooklyn Bridge is ranked as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, which remains one of New York's most popular and well-known landmarks. The remarkable bridge spans the East river between Brooklyn and Manhattan and has a length of about 5989 ft. That is about 1.8 km. You should know that the distance between the large towers is 1595.5 ft. (486 meters) which made the Brooklyn Bridge the world's largest suspension bridge. You will find out that the most noticeable feature of the Brooklyn Bridge is the two masonry towers to which many cables are attached. The wonderful tower with large Gothic arches has a height of 276 ft. (84 meters), making it at the time one of the tallest landmarks in New York.