On May 24, 1883 New Yorkers and Brooklynites gathered to celebrate an engineering miracle: the long-anticipated opening of the Brooklyn Bridge. Jeffrey Richman’s new book, Building the Brooklyn Bridge: 1869 - 1883, tells the story of the bridge's construction in over 250 images, many that have never before been published on the printed page. Join him for a visual feast of 19th century photographs, illustrations, engineering drawings, and stereographs that bring this remarkable story to life.
Jeffrey Richman has been fascinated by New York City’s history for as long as he can remember. In 2007, after thirty-three years of practicing law, he became the full-time historian at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. He is the author of three previous books, including Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery: New York’s Buried Treasure. An avid collector, Richman amassed an outstanding collection of stereoview and lantern slide photographs of New York City - many of the Brooklyn Bridge under construction - as well as woodcuts and other memorabilia of that icon. He was honored to attend the 100th anniversary of the bridge’s opening in 1983.