East River timeline

  • Williamsburg Bridge Opens

    On December 19, 1903, New Yorkers celebrated the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge, the second of three steel-frame suspension bridges to span... Read more

  • General Slocum Disaster

    The General Slocum worked as a passenger ship, taking people on excursions around New York City. On Wednesday, June 15, 1904, the ship had been... Read more

  • Houdini Performs Overboard Box Escape

    Another one of Houdini's most famous publicity stunts (Dalton) was to escape from a nailed and roped packing crate after it had been lowered into... Read more