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The official opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, on May 24, 1883, was marked by a gala celebration, including a parade led by the 21st president of the United States, Chester A. Arthur, and future president, New York Gov. Grover Cleveland. Long Island became connected to the rest of the United States when the Brooklyn Bridge opened. The bridge, which took 14 years to complete, cost $15.5 million and claimed more than two dozen lives, became the only land passage crossing between Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Credit: Museum of the City of New York )

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