Manhattan Bridge


You may remember the Manhattan Bridge from the film The Dark Knight Rises, where it makes an appearance in Batman’s fictional Gotham City.


It really does exist, and it really does connect lower Manhattan at Canal Street with the now very swanky DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. (That name being an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, not a reflection of intelligence or lack thereof.)


The Manhattan Bridge was completed in 1909 and was the last of the three suspension bridges built across the lower East River, after the Brooklyn and the Williamsburg bridges. Its upper level features four vehicle lanes (on two roadways) and a lower level with three lanes, four subway tracks, a bikeway and a pedestrian walkway on the south side.


The upper level was originally used for streetcars. Six years after the bridge opened, an elaborate arch and colonnade were added on the Manhattan side, featuring pylons sculpted by Carl A. Heber and a frieze by Charles Rumsey called Buffalo Hunt, which were designated a New York City landmark in 1975. 


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