Based on a chromolithograph of the Brooklyn Bridge in the City of New York by Currier and Ives, 1883.
The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cabled-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest bridges of either type in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. It has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3m), and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed. It was originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and as the East River Bridge, but it was later dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge, and formally so named by the city government in 1915. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
Original caption: The great East River suspension bridge. Connecting the cities of New York and Brooklyn. View from Brooklyn, looking west.