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Under the Brooklyn Bridge, wine was once stored

May 29, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Photo by Matthew Kashtan
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This month marks the 135th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge, but many people don’t know what’s under the bridge in the now-inaccessible vaults and within a space closer to the foot of the bridge known as the anchorage. Bridge designer John A. Roebling originally planned shopping arcades there, but the plan fell through, according to Untapped Cities.

In the 19th century, the vaults were rented out as storage for wine, champagne and liqueurs as well as newspapers and produce, Untapped Cities said. As for the anchorage, it was used from 1983 to 2001 as an art exhibition space curated by Creative Time. However, the spaces have been closed since 9/11 due to security concerns. A recent visitor said that there are still some wine barrels and broken jugs in the vaults, while the Creative Time artists at the anchorage left some of their items behind after they were forced to leave in a hurry.


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