Stretching across the East River from Manhattan’s Chinatown to DUMBO in Brooklyn, this bridge has a signature European-style arch and colonnade at its Manhattan entrance.
The magnificent steel-grid architecture of this bridge, which connects northern Manhattan to Fort Lee, New Jersey, opened in 1931. It remains one of the busiest bridges anywhere.
A popular pilgrimage point, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. Finished in 1883, it provides marvelous sightseeing, romantic jaunts and cinematic bike rides.
With arches that perpetually loom in the distance like the masts of a sea-faring ship, the 4,260-foot Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in America.
The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, aka the 59th Street Bridge, joins Manhattan and Queens. Riding across it one morning, Paul Simon found inspiration for Simon & Garfunkel’s “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).”
Construction on the Williamsburg Bridge began in 1896, when Manhattan and Brooklyn were still separate cities, and eventually facilitated the flow of immigrants moving between boroughs.
New York City is surrounded by water, so it’s no surprise that bridges have played an integral role in City life since the early days. Many of NYC’s 2,000-odd spans are renowned for their engineering and beauty. This gallery explores a few of the most famous, but nothing beats seeing them for yourself.