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THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Posted on 2015.06.12 at 20:00
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I have been on the Brooklyn Bridge, (and so has Occupy Wall Street). The Brooklyn Bridge has been called one of the greatest achievements of the industrial world. Talk about progressive, this bridge was one of the earliest cable-stayed AND suspension bridges in history. At the time it was built, it was 50% longer than any suspension bridge ever built.



This bridge had massive stone groundings or stabilisers, fashioned in Maine. This is one reason why it has lasted through the decades, as opposed to most bridges in our decaying infrastructure. The bridge was built by men who were bold MOHAWK INDIANS, willing to work at such great heights. This is where we get the term, "Mohawks," for workers on tall high-rises. Also, the bridge has been used as a backdrop in countless movies, focusing on NYC. Truly, the Brooklyn Bridge is a hallmark of NYC and American history. It is also a fantastic work of art!

The originator of this American wonder was not an American. He did eventually move to New Jersey, which was a powerhouse for American industry and invention, prior to Dayton, OH. His name was John Augustus Roebling. During construction, his foot was crushed, and he soon died of Tetanus(!) His son took over, but soon was inflicted by caisson's decompression illness, which debilitated him for the rest of his life. His wife then stepped in to help the continuing construction of the bridge. This is truly an amazing story. Many people died in the construction.

Very interestingly, John Augustus Roebling was a Utopian who had read HEGEL. But, he had to flee his country, because there were no opportunities for engineers. This was in the mid-1800's. A century later, a fanaticism, partly based on the writings of Hegel, would flame up, and produce the very dysfunctional NAZIism, with all the bankster financing and war which was involved. Let us remember that it all began in a failure of investment in INFRASTRUCTURE....!

(Keep in mind his Utopianism! Because... I will be posting about the Germanic FREETHINKER movement soon!)

Brooklyn Bridge - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Bridge

John A. Roebling - http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/John+A.+Roebling

John A. Roebling - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Roebling

History.com: With its unprecedented length and two stately towers, the Brooklyn Bridge was dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world.” For several years after its construction, it remained the tallest structure in the Western hemisphere. The connection it provided between the massive population centers of Brooklyn and Manhattan changed the course of New York City forever. In 1898, the city of Brooklyn formally merged with New York City, Staten Island and a few farm towns, forming Greater New York. - http://www.history.com/topics/brooklyn-bridge

GreatBuildings.com: http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Brooklyn_Bridge.html

Brooklyn Bridge Park: http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/

I was expected by my father to be an engineer. I loved the concepts of physics, and stats, but was never developed in math. I still have a very spatial mind - uh, ha ha - ends up being a joke. I took an architecture course. One of my drawings made my father very proud. But one thing I found was not well taught in architecture was the problem of LOAD.

How to design a building with proper LOAD. So - I felt architecture was seriously wanting or handicapped. I still wish I could learn these engineering concepts. Some of my friends from HS went on to become wealthy architects, and, yo- too easy!

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