A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 19, 2019
Times Square in the Sky (Brooklyn Bridge nickname)

"Brooklyn Bridge, the ‘Times Square in the Sky,’ May Get an Expansion” by Winnie Hu was printed in the New York (NY) Times on August 8, 2016. New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg compared the potential experience of the Brooklyn Bridge’s walkway to the high pedestrian traffic of Manhattan’s Times Square area.


Wikipedia: Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) and a height of 276.5 ft (84.3 m) above mean high water. It is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States and was the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge, as well as the first fixed crossing across the East River.

The Brooklyn Bridge started construction in 1869 and was completed fourteen years later in 1883. It was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and the East River Bridge, but it was later dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge, a name coming from an earlier January 25, 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle[8] and formally so named by the city government in 1915.

New York (NY) Times
Brooklyn Bridge, the ‘Times Square in the Sky,’ May Get an Expansion
By Winnie Hu
Aug. 8, 2016
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Now after escalating complaints, New York City transportation officials said on Monday that something would finally be done to solve the riddle of what they call “Times Square in the Sky.” That something — if the crossing can take it — could be building a new path to alleviate congestion so bad that some people avoid the Brooklyn Bridge entirely.

6sqft
Brooklyn Bridge May Get Expanded Promenade to Accommodate Growing Crowds
POSTED ON MON, AUGUST 8, 2016 BY MICHELLE COHEN
If you’ve ever had the experience of nearly being flattened by something on foot or wheels while walking or biking across the Brooklyn Bridge on a weekend afternoon, try to survive a little bit longer, help may be on the way. City transportation officials announced Monday that plans were in the works to alleviate the pedestrian and bike traffic that threatens to become “Times Square in the Sky.” The New York Times reports that among the possibilities for the aging bridge is a new path to help reduce some of the current congestion.

New York (NY) Post
Brooklyn Bridge path may finally become wide enough for cyclists and pedestrians
By Danielle Furfaro August 8, 2016 | 2:31pm
The days of cyclists screaming at selfie-snapping tourists on the Brooklyn Bridge may soon be over.

The city is planning to widen the dangerously congested multi-use path that is often packed with New Yorkers and tourists.

The walkway — dubbed “Times Square in the Sky” — is a constant source of conflict between commuting cyclists and pedestrians. Tourists often wander without looking into bike lanes to take photos, as cyclicsts angrily weave in and out of the crowds.

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Ruth Brown
@rbbrown
No one has ever called the Brooklyn Bridge the “Times Square of the Sky.” NYT and DOT in cahoots to rebrand?  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/nyregion/brooklyn-bridge-expansion.html
2:53 PM - 8 Aug 2016

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burke lauderdale
@burkelauderdale
More burke lauderdale Retweeted The New York Times
I’ve never heard anyone refer to the Brooklyn Bridge as “Times Square in the Sky” @nytimes burke lauderdale added,
The New York Times
@nytimes
“Times Square in the Sky” may get some relief: The city will study expanding the walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge http://nyti.ms/2b3naUT
3:25 PM - 8 Aug 2016

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Marketing CJR
@marketingCJR
The Brooklyn bridge is a lot of things, and it deserves better rebranding than “the Times Square in the sky”
4:07 PM - 8 Aug 2016

smNY
9 August 2016, AM New York (New York, NY), “Hey!...I’m walking here!” by Vincent Barone, pg. A5:
Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian paths might get wider.

The city has set its sights on fixing its “Times Square in the sky.”

The Brooklyn Bridge, dubbed as such by a deputy city Department of Transportation commissioner, has a notoriously crowded bicycle and pedestrian path, and the city announced yesterday that it will launch a study into whether the path could be widened.

“The Brooklyn Bridge has had a bunch of evolutions in the course of its 133-year-old life,” said Polly Trottenberg, commissioner of the city’s DOT, at a news conference near the Manhattan approach.

Insider
THEN AND NOW: How famous New York City landmarks have changed over the years
April 19, 2019
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The Brooklyn Bridge has earned the nickname “Times Square in the Sky” for its massive crowds, according to the New York Times.
An average of 13,196 people cross the bridge on weekdays, and 32,453 people on weekends.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Friday, April 19, 2019 • Permalink