Posted by: history591seventeen | June 9, 2010

Central Park/Brooklyn Bridge with Ed O’Donnell

  Today we toured the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park.  After reading David McCullough’s book, being on the Bridge was an fascinating experience.  It was great to know the history and then our guide Ed O’Donnell made it make sense.  He pointed out the home of the Roeblings where Washington Roebling lived and conducted business for 11 years while building the bridge; we then walked through a small selection of Central Park, and our guide told us that 90% of the park was man-made. 

After visiting these two different sites, I began thinking about how I would relate this information to my students.  I started thinking about how the bridge and the park helped in developing and joining communities.  The bridge joined two different communities to each other and it helped with overcrowding, property values in Brooklyn went up and people had another way to get back and forth to work in New York.  Prior to building the bridge, Brooklyn was the 3rd largest city in the country; it was also a major manufacturing center and its sea ports were bigger than that of New York. In addition, Brooklyn had lower gas rates and taxes, schools were better than in New York and the local government was considered to be honest; Brooklyn also had little crime.  The bridge therefore made Brooklyn more accessible.

Next, the park provided a place for people to leave the city and enjoy a country side environment; in other words, they needed a place to play.  Living out in open spaces in Pueblo West, I think I take all of this open space stuff for granted, and I think my students do as well; I want to relate this kind of difference to my students.  I think I may use the crowdedness of our halls at passing periods as one example of the close proximity in which people live in cities like New York and discuss why people would need to get out in a park just breath the fresh air.

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  1. That is really a stellar picture of the bridge.


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