1903 legal document concerning the building of the Manhattan Bridge in New York City.
The prefatory text of this legal document states: “In the Matter of Acquiring Title by The City of New York to certain lands and premises situated on the southerly side of: South Fourth Street, on the northerly and : southerly sides of South Fifth Street and : the northerly side of Broadway, between Havemeyer Street and Driggs Avenue; on the westerly and easterly sides of Roebling Street, and on the westerly side of Havemeyer Street, between Broadway and South Fourth Street, in the Borough of Brooklyn, in the City of New York, duly selected, according to law, with other lands as a site for the construction and permanent location of a Suspension Bridge over the East River between the Cities of New York and Brooklyn, now the Boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and Approaches thereto…”
This document pertains to Mary A. Mayer’s estate, with an offer in May of 1903 to sell her land required for bridge construction at a price slightly exceeding $16,000. It is likely a retained copy held by Mayer’s estate lawyer, while the original was sent to J.W. Stevenson, the then-Secretary of the Board of Estimate for Manhattan.
The Manhattan Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, was completed in 1909, eight years after construction began. It’s a newer suspension bridge than the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges. The project started in 1901 under the Department of Bridges, with design innovations based on deflection theory. It officially opened on December 31, 1909, after overcoming initial engineering challenges, serving as an iconic structure in the city. (Britannica)
Description: 1903 legal document concerning the building of the Manhattan Bridge in New York City.
[New York. May, 15, 1903]. Two folio-sized typewritten leaves with manuscript additions, stapled along top to printed cover sheet. Transmittal folds, cover sheet with closed tear along one fold line; light wear, overall, very good.