Thursday, October 23, 2008
Inside the Brooklyn Bridge
At the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge you see these old doors and windows in large archways. Phillip Lopate's excellent book Waterfront explains that in the 1800s the bridge was home to many manufacturing businesses. The textile, maritime and service businesses eventually died out; now these doors led to dark passageways inhabited by homeless men. No one even seems aware of the Brooklyn Bridge's past life as employment hub, but it seems to me that these old tunnels and passageways would make great art galleries, coffee shops or the like for the steady stream of folks traipsing the adjacent South Street Seaport.