On May 24, 1883 — that is 125 years ago today — the Brooklyn Bridge opened, connecting Brooklyn with Manhattan.
The iconic landmark, one of America's first suspension bridges, represents the beginning of modern New York. The bridge took 13 years to build and cost $15 million.
New York is celebrating the engineering marvel with lectures, dances, performances, a film series, and guided tours. Check out some pictures from the celebrations thus far. Have you ever walked across the Brooklyn Bridge?