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Colossus: 1902

Colossus: 1902

"New East River bridge from Brooklyn." The Williamsburg Bridge under construction circa 1902. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.


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Bridge Builders

The somewhat faded name on the building is the Degnon McLean Construction Company, contracted to build the Brooklyn side anchorage. The other side was contracted to Shanly & Ryan.

My Bridge, too

This photo was taken from South 6th Street between Wythe and Kent avenues. I live on the other side of the bridge, on South 5th, almost directly across from where the photographer stood. The best bridge in the city.

My Bridge...

During my early childhood this Giant loomed large just outside my bedroom window on the Manhattan side. We were on the top floor in one of the towers of the Baruch Houses. I can still remember the rumble of the subways going back and forth through the night. I would peer into the passing cars and wonder who they were and what would be their final destination.

I have a wonderful Underhill print showing the Manhattan approach, I believe circa 1913, which show trolley cars and subway entrances along Delancey Street that no longer exist.

Thank you for another great post!


As the posted bill says. A photo you can almost walk into. Incredible detail here!

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