The Brooklyn Bridge is part of any Brooklyn tour: it's a treasure, for residents and for visitors. It's a legacy of 19th century ingenuity (and hardship), and it remains vital infrastructure that requires money and effort to maintain.
So there's no reason--other than selfishness--to mar this awesome, venerable, and precarious piece of public property with "locks of love," a trend that has plagued Rome and Paris (and other world cities) in the past decade. Paris even has a group called "No Love Locks," which has helped get officials to remove locks and make bridges lock-proof.
"Just a month ago, we had an overhead wire that people had hung so many locks to that it snapped under the weight,” Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told CBS, which noted that last year the city had to remove 11,000 locks, which cost $116,000.
So, if you want to memorialize your unbreakable love, please don't mar the Brooklyn Bridge with a lock, or even a lighter piece of fabric. It will just have to be cut off by the Department of Transportation and tossed in a landfill. And now there's a $100 fine and signs warning "No Locks. Yes Lox."
As Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tweeted, "If we care about preserving the #BrooklynBridge for another 133 years, we'll heed @NYC_DOT's call and lock hands or lips, not #lovelocks."
10/7/2016 10:54:16 pm
A lot of nervous Nellies. I do not think the locks mar the bridge in the least but add a lovely sentimental gloss to it. Can you actually believe the locks in any way might impact the structural integrity of "The Great Bridge?" I suggest you read the book of the same name, this bridge was remarkably over-engineered, a very good thing as the chief engineer found about half-way into the stringing of the steel cables that support it that the steel was below the standard he'd ordered! Oh please, get off your high horse about the love locks. They are entirely harmless and really just another attraction to talk about when showing our friends from out of town the glorious Brooklyn Bridge.
10/7/2016 11:40:26 pm
Yes, I'm quite familiar with David McCullough's book.
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