Written by Sherry
Friday, 23 May 2008 07:07
The Brooklyn Bridge turns 125 today and New York celebrated with fireworks last night.
Here's the Everything You Wanted to Know About the Brooklyn Bridge But Never Thought to Ask website
Including this famous poem about the view from the Bridge:
The New Colossus
by Emma Lazarus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
And for a beautiful and poignant reminder of what the city used to look like - ">watch this lovely
video taken in 1999 of the Bridge at sunset - and the Twin Towers beyond.