How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built: A Visual History


A virtual presentation by the Center for Brooklyn History

Sept 1, 2021 6:30-7:30 PM

On May 24, 1883 New Yorkers and Brooklynites gathered to celebrate an engineering miracle: the long-anticipated opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. Jeffrey Richman’s new book, “Building the Brooklyn Bridge: 1869-1883,” tells the story of the bridge’s construction in over 250 images, many that have never before been published on the printed page. Join him for a visual feast of 19th century photographs, illustrations, engineering drawings, and stereographs that bring this remarkable story to life.

Speaker: Jeffrey Richman

Jeffrey Richman has been fascinated by New York City’s history for as long as he can remember. In 2007, after thirty-three years of practicing law, he became the full-time historian at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. He is the author of three previous books, including “Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery: New York’s Buried Treasure.” An avid collector, Richman amassed an outstanding collection of stereoview and lantern slide photographs of New York City – many of the Brooklyn Bridge under construction – as well as woodcuts and other memorabilia of that icon. He was honored to attend the 100th anniversary of the bridge’s opening in 1983

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