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On this day, construction began on the famed Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
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On this day in 1870, construction began on the famed Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its opening and provided a much-needed thruway for New Yorkers commuting from Brooklyn to Manhattan.
Did you know? Compartments in the bridge were used as wine cellars up until World War I.
Vaults beneath the bridge’s anchors were perfect for keeping wine cool and were rented out to the public. After Prohibition ended, the cellars were used for alcohol again, then taken over by the City of New York in the 1940s. 🥂 🍷 🥂 🍷 🥂 🍷 🥂
Brooklyn Bridge, Henry Ward Ranger, 1899