The Pink Bridge: Connecting Separate Shores

Posted on November 18, 2010

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Traffic at Williamsburg Bridge

A cyclist on the top path crosses a car below seconds before the ‘J’ train rumbles by at the bottom floor.

NEW YORK CITY – The Williamsburg Bridge was constructed over a hundred years ago in New York City. Since the beginning it has carried a wealth of New York characters back and forth in their busy lives. It connects the separate shores of Manhattan’s Lower East side and Williamsburg in Brooklyn, two neighborhoods that are different in appearance and yet cousins in spirit.

The pink passage captures everyday life with a splash of unity and a clash of contradictions. Young fashionistas and Orthodox Jews share the water view through grid fence. Mothers and in-love-couples listen to the same sound of the wind and the same rhythm of the train.

The bridge is not only for commuting, but also for recreation and lingering. For some the walk is a necessary morning ritual and to others the bridge is a good hurdle to conquer by bike. Either way, people keep passing by and meeting up. This is shown by the distinct layers of faded pink paint, that also reveals, that not one single day on the bridge is the same.

Williamsburg Bridge

“It’s beautiful here”, Thorbjørn says, “I’m totally addicted to the view, the walk and the fresh air.” Thorbjørn Poulsen, 26, is an intern from Denmark. In his time in New York City he has crossed the bridge every morning to go to work, and he doesn’t expect the winter to change that habit: “My days somehow seem better when I start them here.”

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