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Manhattan Bridge

Canal St. at Bowery, New York, NY 40.707 -73.99
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Not as beloved as the Brooklyn Bridge just south of it, the Manhattan Bridge has been overlooked since opening in 1909. Sadly titled “Bridge No. 3” during its planning stages, the steel suspension bridge was designed by Leon Moisseiff on the tenets of an architectural theory positing that bridges don’t need massive trusses. The experimental (and, as it turns out, not entirely accurate) theory explains the multi-million-dollar renovations that the bridge is continuously undergoing. Connecting Chinatown to Dumbo, its seven vehicular lanes each day service 75,000 cars—flooding in from both the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and FDR Drive—alongside the B, D, Q, and N subway lines. A bikes-only lane and a walking path—offering the most gradual incline of Lower Manhattan’s three bridges—provides bi-borough views and close-ups of the more handsome Brooklyn Bridge. But the Manhattan Bridge is beautiful in its own right: a double-decked, blue steel structure with impressive entrances on both sides. The large stone columns of the grandiose Manhattan entranceway, designed by Carrère and Hastings, are styled after the Porte St-Denis in Paris. Seven thousand feet later, a detailed stone archway in Dumbo provides a wide piece of public shade to rest under.


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