A sign can be just as important as the street itself, and its presence can determine the identity of a community.
In this series, we’ll look at some of the many types of signage you can find in New York City, and how they’ll tell the story of your neighborhood.
If you’re like me, you’ll know the following names are familiar to anyone who has spent any time on the street: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Grand Central Terminal, and, yes, the Queensboro Bridge.
And if you’re a fan of Brooklyn Bridge signage, you might recognize the Brooklyn Sign, which features the iconic words, “Brooklyn, New York” on one side and the Brooklyn-Newark Bridge on the other.
The Brooklyn Bridge and the Queensborough Bridge are two of the longest bridges in the world, but they’re not the only two bridges in New Jersey.
The Long Island Rail Road’s Elizabeth Bridge is a short, three-mile span that connects New York and New Jersey and is home to a number of iconic landmarks.
(For more on bridges, check out our explainer: The Great Brooklyn Bridge.)
There are a lot of different kinds and types of signs, and the type you see on the ground affects how people will react to it.
Some of these iconic signs will stand out from the rest, while others will simply fade into history.
For the sake of this story, we’re going to start with the iconic signs that will always stand out, and then discuss some of these more obscure signs that might be more subtle.
The Empire State Bridge The Empire Street sign is a little more than a cityscape marker, and it’s been around since 1787.
It’s the oldest of New York state’s official signs, dating back to 1786, and is one of the oldest signs in the city.
It was originally used as a sign for the state’s largest canal, the Hudson River.
In 1869, the state legislature passed a law that changed the name of the bridge from the New York-New Jersey Canal to the Hudson Valley Bridge.
The name change meant the bridge was no longer part of the New Jersey State Park system, but it remained in New Yorkers’ memory.
The bridge is now the Empire Stairway, but for a while, the bridge itself was a busy spot for the city’s residents.
The first residents of the Empire Street section were the wealthy, mostly Jewish families who lived along the banks of the Hudson in what is now Manhattan.
In the 19th century, the Brooklyn Street Baptist Church in the district of Williamsburg and the New Haven Baptist Church were the first to use the bridge as a public-relations outlet.
Today, many of the same families who once lived in the area still live there, but now, the churches are housed in buildings that used to be mansions.
The Bridge that Changed the World The Brooklyn Street Bridge was constructed in 1909, when the bridge connecting New York to New Jersey was only a couple of miles long.
It replaced the Brooklyn Ferry Building, which was built in 1912.
It wasn’t until 1924 that the Brooklyn Stairways, or “Bridge of the Americas,” was completed.
The original bridge was finished in 1924 and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the father of modern architecture.
Wright also designed the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to Manhattan.
Today the Brooklyn Wall Street Bridge and other bridges in Brooklyn are a part of New Jersey’s heritage, but the bridge that changed everything is a completely different story.
When the Brooklyn Avenue Bridge was completed in 1931, it was the first bridge to span the Hudson.
It had been in the works for about 30 years, and by the end of the 1930s, it had already become the world’s longest bridge, stretching about a mile.
The New York Times called the bridge, “the most amazing structure on the planet.”
It was so far beyond anything built before it, it became a symbol of New Yorkers achievement.
As the bridge’s construction continued, it gained notoriety.
In 1936, the New Yorkers celebrated its completion by throwing a parade through the streets of New Manhattan.
And by the 1950s, people were still celebrating the bridge.
It also had an effect on New York society, which included the building of the Brooklyn Zoo, a park dedicated to preserving the bridge and its surroundings.
The NYPL Archives offers an interactive map of all the bridges in NYC.
For example, the park is divided into four zones, with each zone featuring a different type of sign.
The zone that was named the Bridge of the World is divided by the Brooklyn River between two of its two bridges: the East River Bridge and Stuyvesant Avenue Bridge.
On the other side of the River is the Bridge that changed New York.
When Brooklyn Avenue was completed, it replaced the former Brooklyn Ferry building on the Hudson with the Empire Building, and also became the tallest building in the United States