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Broadway Bridge (1895)


Floating Original Ship Canal Draw (In Background) To University Heights Location. New Ship Canal Draw In Foreground.

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #340028



The University Heights Bridge, a steel Pratt/Howe truss, pin-connected, rim bearing swing span draw, with Warren truss approach spans, is one of the oldest swing-type bridges and the third oldest major bridge in New York City. It is the work of some of America's most prominent late 19th. century engineers. Although the bridge originally was built at the northern end of Manhattan, continuing Broadway into the Bronx, it was moved to its present site in a complex process beginning in 1905. It is important as an example of circa 1900 bridge technology, and was a vital link in the extension of the Harlem River, which greatly contributed to the development of New York City. It was designated a New York City Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1984.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Harlem River on Broadway
New York City, New York County, New York
Replaced by a new bridge but relocated, becoming the Universiy Heights Bridge
Built 1895; Replaced 1905
- Alfred P. Boller of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- George W. Birdsall
- William H. Burr
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.87335, -73.91118   (decimal degrees)
40°52'24" N, 73°54'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/591747/4525268 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Central Park
Inventory number
BH 69751 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2018: New photo from Dave King
  • October 20, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 20, 2015: Added by Luke

Related Bridges 


  • Luke
  • HAER NY-199 - University Heights Bridge, Spanning Harlem River at 207th Street & West Harlem Road, New York, New York County, NY
  • Douglas Butler
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com