NYC Honorary Street Names


Emily Warren Roebling Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:Columbia Heights
Location:Between Pineapple Street and Orange Street
Honoree: Emily Warren Roebling (1853-1903) was the wife of Washington Roebling. Her father-in-law, John A. Roebling was undertaking the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, but died in an unexpected accident in 1869. Emily’s husband took over the role of Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge; however he got the bends which left him bedridden. For the next thirteen years Emily served as liaison between her husband and the engineers, public officials and laborers working on the bridge; and had a crucial role in its success. She was honored by being the first person to cross the Brooklyn Bridge when it opened on May 24, 1883. (Levin)

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