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The Kosciuszko Bridge and the Changing Face of Brooklyn

Bridges are icons, creating unforgettable outlines across beloved skylines. The Kosciuszko Bridge may not often have been deemed postcard worthy, but the show-stopping cable-stayed design of its replacement (opened in April 2017) is drawing nostalgia over the soon-to-be-removed historic span. Taking a closer look at the Kosciuszko Bridge – and the many bridges that have stood in the same location through centuries past – paints a picture of a changing neighborhood in a changing city.

"Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear...": Photo Retouching in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

HOLI_0365 Brooklyn Eagle photo collection, Brooklyn Collection.
"Hailing Brooklyn--Edwin B. Wilson, executive editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, takes part in the 'Hi, Jinx!' program broadcast from the Eagle office over NBC network as a tribute to Brooklyn." Image includes Jink Falkenberg and an unidentified man sitting in the right foreground.

Miss Manhattan and Miss Brooklyn are back!

In January 2017, a new piece of art was installed at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Tillary Street, at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. Two snow-white resin sculptures representing “Miss Brooklyn” and “Miss Manhattan” were hoisted above the busy street traffic on two slowly rotating “Lazy Susans” supported by a stem-like post. Now, as they steadily revolve in opposite directions, they enjoy a 360 degree view of the area from whence they were banished nearly 60 years ago.


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