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Following the announcement that Daniel Radcliffe is to take up the role of Billy Claven in The Cripple of Inishmaan again, another new role has been announced for the actor. It has now been announced that Daniel is to star in Brooklyn Bridge, which is

“the true story of brilliant but inexperienced engineer Washington Roebling who is left to oversee the construction of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge following the death of his father.”

Read more at MuggleNet.

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On This Day in History May 24, 1883: After years of delays, setbacks, tragedies and other obstacles, the cities of New York and Brooklyn are linked with the opening of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. 

The article Two Great Cities United from the New York Times dated May 25, 1883 described the scene for the bridge’s opening 

The Brooklyn bridge was successfully opened yesterday. A fairer day for the ceremony could not have been chosen. The sky was cloudless, and the heat from the brightly shining sun was tempered by a cool breeze. The pleasant weather brought visitors by the thousands from all around. Special trains were run from Philadelphia and Easton, Penn., and from Long Island points. Extra cars were attached to regular trains, and then there was barely standing room. It is estimated that over 50,000 people came in by the railroads alone, and swarms by the sound boats and by the ferry-boats helped to swell the crowds in both cities.

The bridge was christened by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Mayor Franklin Edson crossing the bridge from the New York side and meeting up with the mayor of Brooklyn Seth Low on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. Upon the ceremonial hand shakes between the three men, the bridge was declared open.

Keep in mind that Kings County aka Brooklyn was its own city (and still is in many ways). It would join the Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Queens and Richmond (Staten Island) as part of the Greater City of New York as the five separate entities became one mega metropolis on January 1, 1898. 

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SUSPENSION BRIDGES I: BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Architect: John A. and Washington Roebling

Chief Engineer: Emily Roebling

Location: New York City

Date: 1870/83

Type: Cable-stay/Suspension Hybrid

Designed by John A. Roebling in the 1860s, the East River Bridge, known today as the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge on earth at the time of its construction. It was also the tallest built structure in New York, towering over the pre-skyscraper city. The cost of building the bridge in 1883 was $15 million, or $370 million adjusted for inflation. 

Architect and chief engineer John A. Roebling died almost immediately after work began on the bridge. His son, Washington Roebling, tool over, but developed decompression sickness a year later, leaving him unable to visit the site. He appointed his wife, Emily, Chief Engineer, giving her a crash course in the civil engineering, physics and advanced mathematics needed to build the bridge. Emily worked on the site and brought daily updates to Washington, who, bedridden, watched the bridge rise from a nearby apartment window. After overseeing all aspects of the project over the course of the 13 years the bridge was under construction, Emily was the first person to cross it on its opening day. 

Although the bridge was designed in Gothic Revival style, with twin, pointed-arch lancets piercing each tower, it quickly became a symbol of industrial, American modernity and every stage of the construction campaign and its subsequent use was documented by the equally modern medium of photography. Many early photographers of the bridge represent the verticality of the bridge, capturing vertiginous views from the tops of the towers of plunging suspension cables, or, the inverse shot from the base of the towers looking up into the web of steel cable stays. These views emphasize engineering, industrial materials, singularity, giganticism and predominance over the landscape over other possible “horizontal” values like communal connection, public works and the opportunities afforded by access to a wider world. 

These photos participated in the construction of the bridge’s ideological and symbolic value, and continue to shape the way it is perceived today. The renditions of the bridge by modern artists of the early 20th century, which foreground abstract form and dynamism, use the tropes and conventions of then 30-year old photographs that had been so fully visually assimilated that they were no longer noted as such.

OHMYGOODNESS!!!

I just saw the announcement of Daniel Radcliffe playing Washington Roebling in the new movie Brooklyn Bridge and that is the coolest shit ever!!!

If you don’t know I’m from Florence-Roebling, New Jersey and this movie will literally be about the family who founded the town that I grew up in for over a decade of my life!!!

I am so psyched!!!!!

“Back of every great work we can find the self-sacrificing devotion of a woman”

This is the last line on a plaque honoring Emily Warren Roebling that is located on the Brooklyn tower of the Brooklyn Bridge.  It’s clearly an unusual dedication and it made me want to learn more.

The Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel-wire suspension bridge ever built and represents a massive feat of engineering.  As with most major projects of the time, the construction was also marked by tragedy, and among its victims were both chief engineers.

John Roebling designed the bridge, and died shortly after being injured while surveying the site.  Construction had not yet begun.  Before his death though, he appointed his son Washington to take over as chief engineer.

But he too was felled by illness.  Shortly after construction began in 1870, Washington developed decompression sickness, also known as the bends.  He became bedridden and the family moved to Washington Heights, where he could view the bridge from his bedroom.

This is where Emily came in.  Intelligent, educated and already intensely interested in the bridge, Washington taught her all she needed to know about engineering in order to supervise the completion of the project.  Emily was the only person allowed to visit her husband and as such, was a vital link between him and his assistants.   She effectively became the world’s first female field engineer.

For the next 14 years, Emily devoted herself to the day-to-day supervision and management of the project, seeing it through to completion.

As a test and also an honor, Emily was the first to cross the bridge. Riding a carriage, she must have been quite a sight standing proud and carrying a rooster, a symbol of victory.

El 24 de mayo de 1883, en EE.UU., se inaugura el #PuenteDeBrooklyn, de casi medio kilómetro de longitud, el mayor jamás construido hasta entonces, tras 14 años de obras.

Diseñado por John August Roebling, que trágicamente falleció en accidente durante su construcción, esta estructura unió Nueva York y Brooklyn sobre el río East.

Tras la muerte del diseñador, su hijo, Washington Roebling, se hizo cargo de la obra como ingeniero jefe.

#UnDíaComoHoy #Arquitectura #TurismoCultural #Ruta360 #EstadosUnidos #CulturaGeneral #NuevaYork

Repost from @womenshistory “When Washington Roebling, the chief Engineer of the #BrooklynBridge, fell ill in 1872, his wife Emily Warren Roebling took over his duties. For 11 years she relayed messages, oversaw the day-to-day activities, and gained extensive knowledge of engineering. When the bridge opened #OnThisDay in 1883, Emily Roebling rode across it with President Chester Arthur. It was said that the bridge was "an everlasting monument to the self-sacrificing devotion of a woman and of her capacity for that higher education from which she has been too long disbarred.” #WomensHistory #EmilyWarrenRoebling"

24 maggio 1883, inaugurazione del ponte di Brooklyn.

Fu costruito, grazie al progetto (ideato nel 1855) dell’ingegnere statunitense John Augustus Roebling (famoso costruttore di ponti sospesi), per unire due cittadine dello stato di New York, ovvero Manhattan (la New York storica, che è un’isola) e Brooklyn, separate dal fiume East River. In seguito, queste due cittadine divennero due quartierei della città di New York. Il progetto fu approvato nel 1867 ed i lavori iniziarono nel 1869. Ad un mese appena dall’inizio dei lavori, durante un sopralluogo ai neonati cantieri, l’ingegner Roebling subì un incidente durante l’attreacco di un traghetto che gli procurò lo schiacciamento di un piede. Morì di tetano qualche giorno dopo. La direzione dei lavori passò al figlio Washington Roebling. I lavori durarono 14 anni, e costarono la vita ad almeno 20 operai su 600 impiegati. Gli operai, molti dei quali immigrati, lavorarono in condizioni quasi inumane, di pericolo, e con una misera paga (poco più di 2 dollari al dì). Lo stesso Washington Roebling subì un incidente e rimase paralizzato. Continuò a seguire il lavori dall’ufficio grazie al supporto della moglie Emily Warren. Nel 1876 (agosto), il primo cavo d’acciao unì le due sponde. Per dimostrare la solidità della struttura, il capomastro E. F. Farrington attraversò il fiume collegando al cavo una specie di teleferica a vapore. Il ponte di Brooklyn fu il primo al mondo ad essere costruito interamente in acciaio, a pare i piloni, in stile gotico, che sono in granito, e fu per molto tempo il ponte più lungo del mondo. Il ponte è a tre campate, lungo circa 1,84 Km (la campata centrale è lunga 486 metri), alto circa 84 metri (piloni), largo 26 metri ed ha una altezza media sul pelo dell’acqua di circa 41 metri. È sostenuto da 4 cavi d’acciaio dal peso di oltre 11.200 tonnellate, diametro di circa 40 cm (ogniuno con 19 trecce di più di 5.000 cavi sottili), agganciati a possenti basi di granito. I piloni giacciono a circa 300 metri dalle rispettive sponde. Costo totale dell’opera: 16 milioni di dollari dell’epoca. Il giorno dell’inaugurazione fu attraversato a piedi da circa 150.300 persone che pagarono un centesimo a testa, e da circa 1.800 veicoli che pagaraono 5 centesimi cadauno.

24 maggio 1883, inaugurazione del ponte di Brooklyn. was originally published on Fancity Acireale

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

John A. Roebling (1806-1869), pioneer civil engineer, was the designer and builder of the Covington-Cincinnati suspension bridge which was completed in 1866. It served as the prototype for Roebling’s design of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was completed in 1883 under the direction of his son, Washington A. Roebling, Chief Engineer. On June 27, 1983, The Commonwealth of Kentucky officially renamed the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge in Honor of the designer and builder.

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