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A graceful, slim suspension bridge (like the Williamsburg Bridge on a diet), the Manhattan Bridge spans the East River just north of the Brooklyn Bridge, joining the busy, ever-beating heart of Manhattan's Chinatown with the spacious, under-commerced DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn--a once-anonymous assemblage of squat warehouses that has met the common fate of such buildings in contemporary Gotham: conversion to an artistic district of galleries, studios and loftlike residences, discovery by yuppies,...

A graceful, slim suspension bridge (like the Williamsburg Bridge on a diet), the Manhattan Bridge spans the East River just north of the Brooklyn Bridge, joining the busy, ever-beating heart of Manhattan's Chinatown with the spacious, under-commerced DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn--a once-anonymous assemblage of squat warehouses that has met the common fate of such buildings in contemporary Gotham: conversion to an artistic district of galleries, studios and loftlike residences, discovery by yuppies, the slow-growth of upmarket boutiques and coffee shops. Though the bridge itself, built in 1905, was a significant engineering advance over the then-recent Williamsburg Bridge, allowing for a much more economical construction, today it struggles to find an identity just a few block north on the river from the beloved Brooklyn Bridge. (Tourists, walking that bridge's delightful middle-of-the-road wood promenade, regularly puzzle at the Manhattan Bridge as an anonymous eyesore). On the Manhattan side -- once the Brooklyn Bridge is out of sight and out of mind -- the bridge plays a significant role in eastern Chinatown, where it hangs low over many of the neighborhood's grungier streets and houses a series of markets, large and small, for produce, seafood, and cheap goods. The Canal Street approach is among the most anomalously gaudy public spaces in the city, dominated by an enormous triumphal whitestone arch set amidst ramshackle Chinatown in an expansive and completely unused plaza.

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April 8, 2010
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