Monday, December 14, 2009

The Williamsburg Bridge, New York City

Williamsburg Bridge, New York.

Illustrated Post Card Co, N.Y.

postmarked in 1906 with a 1 cent Franklin stamp

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The Williamsburg Bridge is a suspension bridge in New York City across the East River connecting the Lower East Side of Manhattan with the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn on Long Island.

Construction on the bridge, the second to cross this river, began in 1896, and the bridge opened on December 19, 1903 at a cost of $12,000,000.

The Williamsburg Bridge appears in the following movies:
Once Upon a Time in America, The Lost Weekend (1945), The Naked City (1948), Johnny Suede (1991), Scent of a Woman (1992), American Gangster (2007), Serpico (1973), the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die, The French Connection (1971), and The Naked Brothers Band.

The bridge is also mentioned several times in the novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by Betty Smith

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