As the Brooklyn Bridge began rising to the south in the 1870s, plans for a second bridge linking Manhattan to Long Island were getting off the ground.
“The projectors of this proposed bridge over the East River, between New York and Brooklyn at 77th Street, by way of Blackwell’s Island, have, in response to the invitation sent out, received ten separate designs and estimates from as many engineers,” an 1877 newspaper story stated.
“Ground will be broken as soon as a plan shall be decided on.”
So why didn’t the project go forward?
But it was the future Brooklyn Bridge that captured New York’s fancy.
With less money and interest, the company chartered to build a bridge to Queens put a stop to construction.
Almost two decades after the Brooklyn Bridge opened, and only a few years since Brooklyn and Queens became part of greater New York City, plans for a bridge were drawn up again . . . resulting in the graceful cantilever span known as the Queensboro Bridge in 1909.
New York is a bridge proposal graveyard, as these images of other bridges never built attest.
[Top photo: NYPL; second image: Arkansas City Weekly Traveler; third image: Greater Astoria Historical Society]