Brooklyn Bridge
Nov 19, 2011Public
Photo: Cass Gilbert's Woolworth Building, "The Cathedral of Commerce," Lower Manhattan, 1910-1913. "Both for its exterior and interior, the Woolworth building is even today one of the most remarkable buildings in New York City. Many buildings have surpassed it in height, but not in splendor."
http://www.aviewoncities.com/buildings/nyc/woolworthbuilding.htm
Photo: 8 Spruce St., "New York by Gehry," opened Feb. 2011. It is a 76-story skyscraper, designed by architect Frank Gehry, just south of City Hall Plaza and the Brooklyn Bridge. Its structural frame is made of reinforced concrete.

"New Yorker magazine's Paul Goldberger described it as 'one of the most beautiful towers downtown.' Comparing Gehry's tower to the nearby Woolworth Building, completed in 1913, Goldberger said 'it is the first thing built downtown since then that actually deserves to stand beside it.'"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8_Spruce_Street
Photo: Pedestrians and bicyclists cross on the upper level, autos and subway trains on the lower level. Considering the inclement weather, there were many people crossing the bridge in both directions.
Photo: View of the Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan.
http://www.aviewoncities.com/nyc/municipalbuilding.htm
Photo: Frank Gehry's tower with the iconic Woolworth Building further east. The Woolworth was the tallest building in the world from 1913 to 1930.
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/SCC/SCC019.htm
Photo: Approaching the first set of Gothic arches that support the suspension cables on the western side of the Brooklyn Bridge (1869 and 1883).  "The most noticeable feature of the Brooklyn Bridge are the two masonry towers to which the many cables are attached. The towers with large gothic arches are 276 ft tall (84 meters), at the time making them some of the tallest landmarks in New York. [John] Roebling claimed that the monumental towers would make 
the bridge a historic monument. He was proven right when the bridge officially became a national monument in 1964."
http://www.aviewoncities.com/nyc/brooklynbridge.htm
Photo: Looking south from the bridge into New York Harbor where a four-masted sailing vessel is berthed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Harbor
Photo: Both towers are topped by the national flag.
Photo: Pier 17, another three-masted sailing vessel, and Ellis Island behind them to the left. 
http://www.aviewoncities.com/nyc/ellisisland.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_Island
Photo: Approaching the eastern tower with Brooklyn in the background.
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/BKN/BKN.htm
Photo: Looking back at Lower Manhattan.
Photo: The Statue of Liberty using a telephoto setting on my Panasonic DMC-LZ7.

"The New Colossus"
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
     -- Emma Lazarus, 1883

http://www.nyc-architecture.com/LM/LM002-STATUEOFLIBERTY.htm

http://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/i-lift-my-lamp-beside-the-golden-door/
Photo: Nearing the end of the Brooklyn Bridge on the eastern side.  "New York by Gehry," 8 Spruce St., rises above my cap.
Photo: Looking back at the eastern tower.
Photo: Another view of the Statue of Liberty with a Circle Line ferry on its way there.
http://www.circlelinedowntown.com/statue-Ferry.asp
Photo: Final view of the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge topped by Old Glory.