Completed in 1883, it connected the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge.
Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, it was dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge in an 1867 letter to the editor of a popular Brooklyn newspaper, and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since its opening, it had became an iconic part of the New York skyline. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.