Today’s adventures took us around the Brooklyn Bridge.  Much information was shared, such as the fact that each borough of NYC has its’ own government and own city buildings.  Brooklyn Heights was where the British had Washington and 8,000 Revolutionary troops surrounded on three sides.  Washington’s course of action was to retreat by boats and take his forces across the East River under cover of night to regroup.

Prior to steel revolutionizing construction, strength meant that items needed to be solid like the pyramids.  With the advent of steel, life changed with technological changes in warfare, architecture, and recreation.  The Brooklyn Bridge needed to be built high to allow for water traffic.  3,500 miles of wire was used in each cable that creates the bridge. Walking across the bridge gave me a huge understanding of the mammoth undertaking that this creation actually was.  Trying to envision people in the late 1800’s walking across the bridge, on a daily basis, or for a Sunday walk, allowed the imagination to run and offer appreciation for how the bridge positively impacted their lives, some on a daily basis.

As our walking tour continued, through the Five Points area, into what is now China Town, the historical layering of the area becomes apparent.  As an area develops, the remnants of the previous culture and society remains, while the new cultures come in and add their own spice and joie de vivre.  The 1830’s was the rise of little Ireland which, by the early 1900’s became Italian.  Little Germany morphed into predominately Jewish families.  By the 1960’s, the area added yet another ethnic layer with the movement of Asians, Chinese, and Latinos.

The Tenement Museum experience http://www.tenement.org  really helped to solidify what the lives were like for the thousands of immigrants who lived in the Lower East Side.

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