Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Manhattan Bridge Is Falling Down

By Richard Lawson, 3:50 PM on Fri Jul 24 2009, 1,747 views GAWKER

Thank God I’m moving back to Manhattan and will never have to take a bridge to/from Brooklyn ever again. Because bridges? They move. Here’s a time-lapsed video showing the Manhattan Bridge creaking and yawing under the weight of subway cars.

It’s actually kind of pretty and, yes, duh, of course bridges aren’t completely fixed and immovable. But still it’s a little disconcerting to see just how much these old things shift. Remember a couple years ago when that thing in Minnesota happened and everyone was all “America’s infrastructure is crumbling and we’re all doomed”? Can we focus some of that attention on New York‘s bridges, specifically those that go to Brooklyn? Because while I may never again have to set foot in that accursed and undesirable borough, I have many friends who still dwell and toil there and I’d like them to come visit me in my Manhattan palace without dying from bridge collapse on the way.

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