Photography

Brooklyn to Manhattan


This shot shows the architectural constructs of this historic bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan during a walk from Grimaldis Pizza! Best Pie EVER! (http://www.grimaldis.com/)

The Brooklyn Bridge was initially designed by German immigrant John Augustus Roebling, who had previously designed and constructed shorter suspension bridges, such as Roeblings’s Delaware Aqueduct in Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, and the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge in Cincinnati, Ohio.

While conducting surveys for the bridge project, Roebling sustained a crush injury to his foot when a ferry pinned it against a piling. After amputation of his crushed toes he developed a tetanus infection which left him incapacitated and soon resulted in his death, not long after he had placed his 32 year-old son Washington Roebling in charge of the project.

Washington Roebling also suffered a paralyzing injury as a result of decompression sickness shortly after the beginning of construction on January 3, 1870. This condition, first called ” caisson disease” by the project physician Dr. Andrew Smith, afflicted many of the workers working within the caissons.] After Roebling’s debilitating condition left him unable to physically supervise the construction firsthand, his wife  stepped in and provided the critical written link between her husband and the engineers on-site.] Under her husband’s guidance, Emily had studied higher  math, the calculations of  Cateney Curves, the strengths of materials, bridge specifications, and the intricacies of cable construction. She spent the next 11 years assisting Washington Roebling helping to supervise the bridge’s construction. www.kerstenbeck.com

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One response

  1. This is wonderful! Love the color mixed in with the b/w!!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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