2nd/NE Quadrant The Approval Matrix
BY KERRY BURKE and BILL HUTCHINSON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Fireworks and the philharmonic kicked off a five-day birthday bash for the Brooklyn Bridge Thursday night.
Revelers lined the banks of the East River to celebrate the iconic span's 125th year as a vital link between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
As the sun set, the Brooklyn Philharmonic performed in the shadow of the engineering marvel. Composer Marvin Hamlisch serenaded the crowd with a special song he wrote for the bridge's birthday, but flubbed the lyrics, singing the span was built in 1893.
Designed by John Roebling, the bridge cost $15 million, took 13 years to build and opened May 24, 1883.