Woohoo, I finally did it! I walked across the famous Brooklyn Bridge! Twice actually, from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back again!
We picked the right day, it was overcast and not as unbearably hot and humid as the days before, so the walk was a piece of cake, even for someone with legs as short as mine ;-)
Construction on the bridge began in 1870 but it wasnít officially opened until May 1883. At the time of its completion it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, measuring 1,595 feet (about 486 meters). It held that record until 1903, when nearby Williamsburg Bridge was completed Ė itís two meters longer and Iím sure that isnít a coincidence! Today, neither of them would make it even into the top ten Ė todayís longest suspension bridge is in Japan and itís over 3,900 meters long!
There were lots of tourists on the bridge but also many locals, among them a couple of school groups and quite a few runners and bikers. Speaking of bikers, you really have to watch out for them when you cross into their lane (which Iím sure you will since the view is always better from the other laneÖ *g*)! Oh, in case you were wondering, the upper level of the bridge is for pedestrians and bikers only, the cars are down below.
On our way back to Manhattan the sun came out and I got a chance to show that a well-traveled pig is always prepared for a change in the weather Ö so while the 4 girls (ha ha) were busy snapping away I enjoyed the sunshine while it lasted.
Toodaloo, Livi, the bridge-crossing big city pig ;-)