Brooklyn Bridge

Premiered 1981

Today it's a symbol of strength and vitality. 135 years ago, it was a source of controversy. This documentary examines the great problems and ingenious solutions that marked the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. From conception to construction, it traces the bridge's transformation from a spectacular feat of heroic engineering to an honored symbol in American culture.

Funding Provided by: General Motors;CPB;PBS;New York Council for the Humanities;NEH;Citibank, N.A.; Abraham & Strauss; American Society of Civil Engineers; NY Telephone; Consolidated Edison; NY State Council for the Arts; Brooklyn Union Gas; Kings County Democratic Committee;Constans-Culver Foundation; New York Dock Railway; and W.R. Grace & Co.

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Brooklyn Bridge

A Source of Inspiration

The Brooklyn Bridge has developed into an object of cultural significance.

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A Source of Inspiration

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Brooklyn Bridge

Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge

Construction of the bridge consists of two granite towers and a series of steel cables.

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Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge

A New York City Icon

Since its opening over 130 years ago, the bridge has become an icon of New York City.

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A New York City Icon

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