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Club Chaos Eye Candy: The Brooklyn Bridge

This has been, by far, one of the best turtle runs I have ever been on. It took four visits to collect these pictures and conduct a little research so that I could give an account to my out of state/country friends some history behind one of my favorite spots to enjoy some eye candy. This post is dedicated to my girlfriends Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating, a fellow Club Chaos Brooklynite, Elizabeth Weintraub, Sacramento Real Estate Broker, Lyon Real Estate, Poppy Dinsey ~ Zoomf, London, UK (who inspired this entire project with a delicious piece of eye candy of London's Tower Bridge). Since Poppy was kind enough to give us "A Walk Around London," I decided to give her a turtle run across The Brooklyn Bridge...

By the way, Poppy takes us on a new tour of the United Kingdom and provides some very delicious eye candy with "A Walk About Chester, England."

What can one say about "The Brooklyn Bridge"? As a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn, one of the first things we were taught as little children is the fact that The Brooklyn Bridge happens to be one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. I don't know how long it is, there have been a few squabbles about that with the highway extensions being added, as well as the expanded "on" and "off" ramps, but I do know that it extends over the East River connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. At one point, it was the only land connection for people to cross between the City of Brooklyn and the City of New York. On the Manhattan side, it ends in front of City Hall Park. On the Brooklyn side, it ends on Brooklyn Bridge Blvd where the US Post Office and Court complexes are located. On completion, it was reported to be the largest suspension bridge in the world and is rumored to have been the first steel-wire suspension bridge. Originally referred to as "The New York and Brooklyn Bridge," it was called "The Brooklyn Bridge" in an 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and was eventually re-named by the City of New York government officials in 1915. It was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark as well as a National Historical Landmark, the latter taking place one year before I was born, sometime in 1964.

Construction reportedly began on January 3, 1870 and took approximately 13 years to complete. On May 24, 1883 The Brooklyn Bridge was considered officially opened. According to Wikipedia, "On that first day, a total of 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed what was then the only land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge's main span over the East River is 1,595 feet 6 inches (486.3 m). The bridge cost $15.5 million to build and approximately 27 people died during its construction. One week after the opening, on May 30, a rumor that the Bridge was going to collapse caused a stampede which crushed and killed twelve people. At the time it opened, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world — 50% longer than any previously built — and it has become a treasured landmark. Additionally, for several years the towers were the tallest structures in the Western Hemisphere."

Here, and the following two photographs, I'm facing Brooklyn standing before the Manhattan side Tower where one of the corner stones is visible. This Tower was capped in 1875.


Here is a shot of the underside of the Brooklyn side Tower, near The River Cafe off of Water Street. There is a man-made water fall off the promenade I may have to feature soon. The eye candy at night is spectacular!  Imagine dining under the BB while staring at the Manhattan skyline...  I see a night run in my future...

If you are going to jog (or visit) beneath the BB, you must enter the promenade for a wonderful view of the bridge, Manhattan, the Statute of Liberty, and South Street Seaport.


I started each of my turtle runs from the Brooklyn end. I love coming around the bend and being greeted by the Manhattan skyline. Reaching City Hall is always such a nice incentive. I shall blog about that in the very near future as well.

Off camera, the Manhattan Bridge is to your right, well past the Verizon building towering in the photo.

Not only can you see the Manhattan Bridge to the right of the BB, if you look closely you can also pick out the Empire State Building in the left side of the photograph.

To your left of the BB, as you cross the bridge towards City Hall Park, you can enjoy views of the South Street Seaport and even see the Statute of Liberty off on the horizon.

At the Manhattan side Tower of the BB, there is a gap in the cables which gives you an unobstructed view of the Manhatan Bridge that is just awesome! If you look closely, you can see a man made waterfall streaming in the background just under the roadway and a little to the right of the base of the MB's Manhattan side Tower.

As you near the BB's exit, there is a gorgeous view of historical architecture...


Stay tuned for my next turtle run showcasing City Hall and City Hall Park.

I love New York!






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Comment balloon 47 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 21 2008 04:57AM


Wasn't it the Brooklyn Bridge that was shown in I.Robot with Will Smith?

Posted by Steve Homer (The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate)) over 12 years ago

Gee C,

I haven't ever seen so much nice.  Of course I never really went sightseeing when I was in NY either.  I guess I needed a tour guide.  Nice eye candy.  Thanks

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 12 years ago

Good morning Steve, the movie I-Robot was filmed in the following four locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA; Dumont Dunes, San Bernardino County, California, USA; New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. New York was not involved as a location, sorry. I'm a die hard Will Smith fan so I just happen to know the trivia on this movie.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Good morning Don, I'm glad you enjoyed the eye candy. I have a lot more in store for you and will be very happy to act as your virtual tour guide to all things New York City.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn ~ Thanks for including me in your dedication!  Your pictures are stunning; you have brought back even more memories for me.  During a summer, and then after I graduated high school, I went right to work in the law firm my Mom worked in on Court Street in Brooklyn.  Many lunch hours were spent walking down to the Promenade.  Thanks for the memories!  I'll have to show my Mom this post.

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) over 12 years ago

C - great shots a and a terrific narrative. I was not aware of much of what you presented. Thanks.

However, I'm still notta gonna buy the durn thing!

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 12 years ago

Good morning Kathy, thank you for the kind words and you are very welcome! It was my pleasure to include you and I am happy to know that you enjoyed a walk down memory lane.  I hope your Mom enjoys the post as well.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Good morning Mike, I'm glad you enjoyed the presentation! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Thanks fo rhte memories!  I am from Brooklyn, and drove over that bridge every day!

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Maximum One Executive REALTORS®) over 12 years ago

Good morning Jim, you are very welcome! It's always nice to meet another Brooklynite.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

I love the Brooklyn Bridge. Its my favorite. Every time I come to NY I have to take a drive on it into the city!!!! LOVE IT!!!

Posted by Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate (CondoDomain.com) over 12 years ago

Good morning Jeannette, I can now add that to my "learned something new today about you" list. Excellent! I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual tour. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago


A wonderful photo journal and a great Localism post! One of the things I hope to do in life is to take the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. Who knows, it might happen one day!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 12 years ago

Nice work... ;-)

Posted by M Starr (Stephen Noah) over 12 years ago

Thank you, Richard. Wishing you the best with your future plans.

M, <3  ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn -- Im going to have to plan a trip up there to see all this stuff you keep posting.  Can I crash at your place when I come up??  LOL!!

Posted by Clint Miller (Real Estate Pipeline, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn, awesome Brooklyn Bridge photos. I have been waiting for this post from you, you know! Great way to start off my day : )

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 12 years ago

C- I "heart" Will Smith. I'm beginning to "heart" NY also. I love your pics! They take me on vacation while sitting still...

Will you run Alaska next? I've always wanted to see it too.

Hey this is it....



Have a great Monday! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Clint, I would rather play host  to you at my God-brother's townhouse. A lovely planned unit development with lots more room in Pawling, NY. We refer to it as Club Joey! We can spend our days running around the five boroughs but spend our nights in the foothills of a mountain. Besides,we'll be closer to Barbara, Becky and Paddy which would be mad fun if you did visit! I'm talking a 70 mile eye candy tour! You and the missus up for that, buddy? I do it all the time. My kids are down with road trips. I'm planning a 3 week eye candy tour of I-95 in August. We're driving down the coast to visit every family and friend we can get our hands on. We're producing a book of photography for the kids and will self publish at Xlibris. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Gary, I am so happy that you enjoyed them. I'm cooking up a City Hall presentation as soon as I finish the Marine Park Nature P and Grand Army Plaza blogs for Brooklyn. The National Recreation Riding Academy is starting to interest me as well. People have no idea we can ride horses on the beach in Brooklyn literally right off the Belt Parkway. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Deb, too funny! I'm glad you enjoyed the eye candy, but I must confess I'm stuck on the East Coast until my hubby retires next year. By the Fall of 2009 I'll be able to play plane-tag with a few people, but until then, it's strictly how far I can get on my two feet after I hop out of the car. I've always wanted to see Alaska! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

I LOVE this post, Brooklyn Bridge is sooo beautiful. I loved walking it :-)

Posted by Poppy Dinsey, London, UK (Globrix) over 12 years ago

Hey Poppy, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to your next walk about as well. Love, C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hi C: Thank you for mentioning me in your dialogue. I am feeling a bit stressed right now as the guys are tearing my kitchen apart as I type. I feel like I have to check on them every 10 minutes to make sure they don't kill themselves. So your blog and photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge transported me right out of this kitchen remodel all the way to New York. I could almost feel the breeze from the water. Thanks for rescuing me for these brief 10 minutes. OMG, I hear something ripping and it doesn't sound right . . .

elizabeth weintraub sacramento real estate agent

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 12 years ago

Hi Carolyn,

Awesome pictures of the bridge and area.

All the best, your neighbor to the north.


Posted by Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 12 years ago

Wow, Elizabeth, I will call and check on you as soon as possible. (BTW, you are very welcome.)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hey Kevin, thank you!


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn, I don't want to sound like everyone else, but these pictures and your write up are awesome.  Great eye candy.  There are not too many pictures that I see that practically take my breathe away, but this collection is awesome.  It is sad that so many people died constructing the bridge and in the panic.  But, wow...you have done a great job of show casing this bridge.  Thanks!!!!  For some reason, I really like the perspective that you show with the 3rd and 4th pictures.  And the one showing the architecture of the building. 

So, my friend....what is a turtle run?  Are you actually jogging when you are taking pictures? 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 12 years ago

Hey Sondra, I am actually jogging at a slow lazy pace (hence "turtle"), but I do stand still if I decide to take the shot. #4 is my absolute fav! I love exploring color, textures and details. #3 was taken under the same lighting conditions as the shot of the Manhattan Bridge with the man made waterfall. Those three shots set the tone for me and I knew I was going to have to keep coming back to shoot under different lighting conditions to get anything else that could possibly do those three photographs justice. It was great fun and I got a serious work out. BTW, I love your work and I am glad you liked the presentation.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Wow, C, these are incredible shots.  I can feel the love for your city coming through all of your words and it's just infectious.  I'll have to go on a turtle run walk one day soon.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago

Carolyn, Your pictures are absolutely AWESOME!  Taking that walk is one of the few things that I've wanted to do for years but haven't yet....which means I sure will now.  I love New York City and can't even imagine the views of it in person.  Thanks for an absolute treasure of a post!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Gorgeous Eye Candy!  It was raining the day I was there so I didn't get to walk across....Darn.....I will have to do that next time. 

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) over 12 years ago

Hey Lisa, what a lovely idea. I can't wait to see what kind of eye candy you come up with! Thank you for your kind words. I am crazy about this city. So much to do, so many places to go eat! (which is why I have to jog!)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hey Carole, I am so glad you liked the presentation. Do take you camera with you when you finally take that walk. It would be very interesting to see what you see from your point of view. The lighting is fabulous! There are always boats zipping about in the East River. Looking forward to seeing your blog on the subject!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hey Pam, shoot me an email the next time you're in my neck of the woods. I hope I am around so I can see you! I'm glad you enjoyed the presentation and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

BTW, Elizabeth sent me some wonderful photographs of Park Row, BB and City Hall from her visit to NY. I am going on a quest to discover where one particular view originated from. Should make for a very interesting blog if I find the Apple of her eye! It's very exciting to go on a "hunt" with my camera. Elizabeth has just created a "concrete jungle photography safari!" Sounds like fun, and I shall be serial blogging about my participation in it!  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn: I knew it was not filmed in NY, but they used a section of the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop to the scene where all the older robots were being stored away in containers.  Remember the drawing that Sonny (the robot) did of himself, standing on a sand dune with crowds in front of him.  Wasn't that a segment of the BB that was the backdrop?  (Useless trivia, I know!  LOL)

Posted by Steve Homer (The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate)) over 12 years ago

Steve, I shall have to download this into my Amazon unbox and see... I don't believe it was the same bridge but I may not have noticed... The creator of this Gothic design had produced a few other suspension bridges before drawing the BB.  Maybe it is one of similar design that pe-dates our talking point. 

I'm going to quote one of my favorite websites here about I-Robot to suggest to you that it is not BB but an illustration that was completely computer generated:


"Factual error: The bridge that used to cross Lake Michigan would not be able to stand like that in real life. The road section should be collapsed, since the suspension cables are not reaching the other tower to the bridge. A suspension bridge works by having the giant cables between the towers having the smaller cables suspend the roads and relies on the presence of a second tower. With the second tower missing, even if the road section did not completely collapse, the cables would be taut under the weight of the bridge, not still in their curved configuration as seen in the film. Any futuristic material used in the construction is irrelevant - this is simply how the suspension bridge design functions." votemap

In addition, I will quote this website about the I-Robot bridge:


"This is a pretty major blooper. At various points in the film, we see the unmistakable structure of the Mackinac Bridge. But, somehow, it's in Chicago?! In the film, it was hinted that Lake Michigan was drained and used as some kind of storage area for robot parts, but there is no indication of how or why the bridge suddenly ended up in Chicago."

(It really does appear that New York City's BB was not used for the eye candy in I-Robot...sorry.)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

C', You are a such an inspiration.  Since I met you, I now weigh the merit of various potential shots as to it's worth as eye candy.  Turtle runs will probably be the next new word in my vocabulary.  And...comparing some buyers home searches to shopping for tomatoes....C' that was hilarious.  I love your sense of freedom that you express yourself with.  

These pictures are truly great pictures as they have a lingering appeal to them.  I don't have the words to describe it, but the they stick in the mind.   I can't say that I've seen too many photographs that do that.  Maybe accopanying write up helped also.   Given that you are from NY, you probably now a whole lot more about publishing than I do, but I think you might try seeing if you can get someone to publish the book that you have in mind vs. self publish. 

BTW, Thanks for the compliment my work.   

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 12 years ago

Hey Sondra, you are very welcome. You have a gorgeous eye and I can't wait to see how your photography develops! The reason I want to self-publish is I want complete control over every aspect of the project. I shall give them away for formal book reviews while I shop for an on-line distributor. Amazon is the easiest reseller to use, but Barnes and Noble and Boarders are also cool. If you go with a digital press set up, they can print the books on demand. Pay as you go means you do not have to store them or waste money. (You should check out the Harry Potter story. J.K. couldn't get it published, so she self-published and the books flew off the shelf. The rest is history. Translated: Why start from "No," when you can start from "Yes," then pick and choose who you want to let in rather than struggle with who has already rejected you?" I spend less than $1,000 and I get gorgeous, full color hard cover books! Yay!)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hi Carolyn,   Wow - what great pics of a beautiful bridge!   

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) over 12 years ago

Thank you, Kara!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hi Carolyn~ and I thought "eye candy" referred to Keith Urban! :) How funny...I too loved your photos...Thanks for sharing them with us and the world!

Posted by LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL (Keller Williams Heritage Realty) over 12 years ago

C.  Thanks for sharing New York with us. It is especially nice for those of us who have never been to New York. I love the pictures.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) over 12 years ago

Thank you, LaShawn and Laura! I appreciate your kind words and am glad you enjoyed the photographs.  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Wow! These pictures are great! I felt like I was walking along with you. There is so much to see from every shot. Each one could be a post. Excellent.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 12 years ago

Hey Lizette, I'm glad you enjoyed the presentation. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

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