That’s Amore!

Love Locked

This shot was taken during our walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan after the BEST Pizza ever at Grimaldi’s.  Ok, here’s the story!

A pop cultural phenomenon that has turned an Italian bridge into a locksmith’s paradise has jumped across the Atlantic and is threatening to cover the Brooklyn Bridge in lovers’ padlocks.

The tradition of securing a symbol of amore to a bridge — and tossing the keys into the river below — dates back to a 1992 book by sugary Italian novelist Federico Moccia, but the tradition didn’t take off until the movie version of “Tre Metri Sopra il Cielo” came out in 2004.

That’s when Roman authorities suddenly had to deal with thousands of lovers clipping all manner of Master, Kryptonite and Medco locks to the Ponte Milvio — and throwing the keys into the muddy Tiber. Well, guess what, Brooklynites: the tradition is here!

7 responses

  1. Great story and an even better image. Great capture.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm

  2. Nice shot, but I feel it would be a shame for this to happen to Brooklyn Bridge, these padlocks can look messy and it’s such a magnificent bridge …. or am I just an old misery? 😉

    April 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

  3. Great image, I love the detail! I go back and forth because I think it’s a really nice idea, but at the same time I agree with Viveca.

    April 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm

  4. Great post and lovely image. That blue padlock really catches the eye!

    April 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

  5. The best thing is that you provide some background story with your pictures. Like to read this! It reminds me of a German guy in Munich, Siegfried Sommer, who wandered the streets of the city writing about his encounters in the local newspaper for 40 years. Well, I don’t know about your ambitions as far as this goes but he was so successful and beloved by his readers that the city placed a statue of him at a prominent place.
    He didn’t write about pies in Italian restaurants so often though 😉 .
    Keep it rollin’!

    April 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

  6. I really like this story, seems like a pretty cool tradition and the dof in your photo is awesome. Makes me wish I could see all the locks in person. Very cool!

    April 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

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