It opened in May 1883 and by New Year's Eve 1899 MAE WEST was selling it — — that is, her character Peaches O'Day was doing the dirty deed as a plot point in "Every Day's a Holiday." As the venerable Brooklyn Bridge celebrates its 125th anniversary, a firestorm of articles will be appearing. This feature by Richard Haw mentions Mae West.
• • . . . The famous, as well as the anonymous, also have made their way to the bridge. Before he became Mr. New York, Frank Sinatra was Mr. Brooklyn (Bridge), singing and dancing his way over the span in a couple of movies. Elsewhere on the silver screen, Mae West and Bugs Bunny sold the bridge to gullible tourists, Tarzan clambered up its cables, George Raft jumped off it, and Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man quick-stepped their way across in "The Wiz."
• • We look at the beautiful span across the water, and perhaps it gazes back. Ever since it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has stood stoically as an ever-present witness to 125 years of New York City history, in all its strange and bizarre glory.
• • The bridge's real value is its ability to tell both sides of our story: the rise and development of a great city, yet also our quirky folkways. . . .
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• • Article: "Built to connect two boroughs, it's a bridge to our past"
• • Written by: Richard Haw, author of "Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History"
• • Published in: The New York Daily News — — www.nydailynews.com
• • Published on: 22 May 2008
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1938 • •