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.

10 comments:

Tanya said...

Interesting and I've never seen the bridge up close like this. It's beautiful. Great idea, get a jump on it!

marley said...

You want to look into to buying a few up and then converting and charging above the odds. I know you don't like that, but think of the money! Lol :)

Seriously though, this is a really interesting hidden part of the world famous Brooklyn Bridge.

Coca Cutie said...

You always have interesting histories and wonderful shots!
Thank you!

Virginia said...

Keep saying it my friend. By the way, I vote for the White Horse for King Eric's papa visit, I mean gathering of the faithful. YOu better send me some pics!

Virginia said...

OH MY! I meant Papal, not Papa! I cracked myself up!
I need an editor to check my comments. For the love!!!!

Louis la Vache said...

Great shot and interesting history! "Louis" never knew that about the bridge.

Deb said...

They're never going to open up anything inside/under the BB to the public again because it would be one more entry point for terrorists to plant explosives. The BB is a HUGE target.

• Eliane • said...

Really? I had no idea!!! Yes, that would be the place to be. I think Bloomberg might agree. ;)

Lily Hydrangea said...

wow what a great idea! I bet the foot traffic would really appreciate it.

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