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Brooklyn is the most populated of New York City's five boroughs, with an estimated 2.6 million people in 2014. It is adjacent to the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island.

Although the Brooklyn Bridge is technically a suspension bridge, it uses a hybrid cable/suspension design. The two center towers are built of limestone, granite, and rosendale cement.

The bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. It has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m),

The bridge was built with numerous passageways and compartments in its anchorages. New York City rented out the large vaults under the bridge in order to fund the bridge. Opened in 1876, the vaults were used to store wine, as they were always at 60 F (16 C).

This was called the "Blue Grotto" because of a shrine to the Virgin Mary next to an opening at the entrance. When visited one of the cellars about 102 years later, in 1978, it discovered, on the wall, a fading inscription reading: "Who loveth not wine, women and song, he remaineth a fool his whole life long."

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