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Fulton ferry boat, Brooklyn, New York, 1890..
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"FLOOD-TIDE below me! I see you face to face!
Clouds of the west -- sun there half an hour high -- I see you also face to face.
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes, how curious you are to me! "
- Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (more...)

New Yorkers used the Fulton Ferry to travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan in Whitman's day. Bridge designer John Roebling first proposed a suspension bridge across the East River in 1855. His Brooklyn Bridge would open in 1883.










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