As a child, I was passionate about going to Manhattan. I still am! My Dad would drive us across the Brooklyn Bridge into the city I was sure was OZ. Siting in the back seat of the Rambler, I could only see the bridge, not the skyline of NYC. My association of the Brooklyn Bridge with literally bridging the East River's Brooklyn shore to the its magical Manhattan one is a powerful influence. John A. Roebling began building the Brooklyn Bridge in 1867. He created a visual and practical wonder that had an enormous impact on me in the visual impressions the great bridge presents and in its link to beyond.
John A. Roebling: Genius Behind the Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge of My Childhood
These photographs courtesy of the NY Public Library