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Manhattan Bridge


Manhattan Bridge

Viewed from the southwest in March, 2008

(c) 2005 by Michael Minn (michaelminn.com)


BH Photo #117465

Street Views 


Suspension bridge over East River in New York City
New York City, New York County, New York, and Kings County, New York
Open to seven lanes of highway traffic and four subway tracks
Opened to traffic December 31, 1909
- Gustav Lindenthal of Brno, Cisleithania, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Now known as Brno, South Moravia, Czech Republic)
- Leon Moisseiff of Riga, Latvia
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland
- Ryan-Parker Construction Co. of New York City, New York
- New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA)
- Subway
Wire suspension
Length of largest span: 1,469.9 ft.
Total length: 5,815.2 ft. (1.1 mi.)
Deck width: 34.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 30, 1983
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.70740, -73.99056   (decimal degrees)
40°42'27" N, 73°59'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/585270/4506766 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 83001694 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
NY 2240027 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26433 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 72 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 31, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 23, 2021: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • January 19, 2020: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • April 15, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 14, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 14, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 25, 2018: New photos from John Bernhisel
  • April 3, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • November 10, 2017: New photos from Christopher Finigan
  • March 28, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Ralph Modjeski"
  • March 27, 2017: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • December 7, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • March 13, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Subway", "Rail-and-Road", "Railroad"
  • September 4, 2013: New photos from James McCray
  • October 12, 2012: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • February 5, 2012: Photos imported by James Baughn
  • April 2, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • July 15, 2008: New photo from Michael Minn


  • Wikipedia
  • Michael Minn
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Jann Mayer - jannmayer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Christopher Finigan
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nick Schmiedeler - nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com
  • Richard Doody
  • John Bernhisel - Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Manhattan Bridge
Posted November 18, 2012, by Craig Williams (craig [dot] willi1970 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I read from a few sources that the Steel was Fabricated by Phoenix Iron Co of Phoenixville, PA. Not sure if they erected it as well. Can anyone verify?

Manhattan Bridge
Posted February 19, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Shorpy has a large picture ca. 1912 from the LOC at:


Manhattan Bridge
Posted August 7, 2007, by Kevin Wong (R36Redbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Upper level (eastbound) at the Brroklyn tower:

Manhattan Bridge
Posted August 4, 2007, by Kevin Wong (R36Redbird [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Designed and built by Ralph Modjeski. Carries 4 vehicle lanes on upper level (2 each direction) plus 3 reversible lanes on lower level. 4 subway tracks on lower level plus pedestrian and bicycle lanes on the south and north sides of the lower deck, respectively. B, D, N and Q subway routes use this bridge.

Views of the Manhattan Bridge, including upper and lower levels: