Manhattan Bridge construction Photo from Library of Congress by Bain News Service

During the 19th and 20th centuries, the City of New York took the initiative to improve inter-borough connectivity by building several bridges. What were huge engineering feats at the time are now landmarks of the city. We’ve collected some vintage photographs showing different aspects of how the bridges were mid-construction.

1. Brooklyn Bridge (East River Bridge)

Brooklyn Bridge under construction. Photo by George Bradford Brainerd from Brooklyn Museum, via Wikimedia Commons

We all know that the Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic part of the New York City skyline. But, did you know that upon completion in 1883, rumors of collapse sparked a stampede  that killed 12 people? New Yorkers love their bridges, especially this one that paved the way for connecting the five boroughs.