First Stop: Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights Tour via Big Onion Tours
Meeting at the City Hall Park we headed through the park, walking between the back of City Hall (where OWS took over later) and Tweed Court House.
The Manhattan Municipal Building, built because the original City Hall could not house all the government agencies needed to run the city. The building itself displays intense iconic symbolic features, including five cupolas atop the building representing the five boroughs.
Fun Facts of the Brooklyn Bridge
Fact No. 1: The Brooklyn Bridge officially opened to the public on May 24, 1883. Emily Roebling (wife of Washington Roebling) carried a rooster across the bridge as a symbol of victory.
Fact No. 2: The bridge was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge. It was officially given the name “Brooklyn Bridge” by the city in 1915.
Fact No. 3: Con man William McCloundy was sentenced to 2 1/2 years at Sing Sing Prison for “selling” the Brooklyn Bridge to a tourist in 1901.
Fact No. 4: When it opened, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world, the first steel-wire suspension bridge, and the first bridge to connect to Long Island.
Fact No. 5: On its first day open to the public, 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed the span.
Fact No. 6: On May 30, 1883, a rumor that the bridge was collapsing spread through the crowds on it, causing a stampede. At least 12 people were killed in the ensuing panic.
Fact No. 7: On May 17, 1884, showman P. T. Barnum led 21 elephants over the Brooklyn Bridge to prove that it was stable.
Fact No. 8: For several years after its construction, the Brooklyn Bridge was the tallest structure in the Western hemisphere.
Fact No. 9: Each of the bridge’s four supporting cables is 3,578 feet, 6 inches long and 15 1/2 inches thick, and contains 21,000 wires that, combined, would have a total length of 14,060 miles.
Fact No. 10: The bridge turned out to be a tragedy for the Roebling family. The designer, John Roebling, died from tetanus after a ferry crushed his foot as he was scouting locations for the bridge. His son, Washington Roebling, of Trenton, N.J., fell prey to the bends from his time in caissons laying the foundations for the towers, and became an invalid. Washington’s wife, Emily, became the de facto head of construction in his stead.
Second Stop: Pommes Frites Inc.
I had heard about this fry shop from G-Love, and I could use the inspiration to get my fry truck in motion.
Standard fries with five sauces, oh lawdy.
1. Smoked Eggplant
2. Curry Ketchup
3. Mayo/Ketchup with onions
*5. Specialty made dip (because I was talking to them about my truck!*
I love you New York.