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Urban Explorers Of Yore

The crazy cats over at Animal NY dug up a phenomenal Brooklyn Daily Eagle story from 1901, about a band of four brothers who climbed to the top of the then-under construction Williamsburg Bridge (called the New East River Bridge) to drink and sing the "Star-Spangled Banner," leaving in their wake empty champagne bottles and corks. It's a lovely parallel to the first-person account they ran about a modern-day New Yorker who scaled it recently. Ah, it's just those Brooklyn Bridge climbers who are facing a crackdown. [Animal]