Building the Brooklyn Bridge

featuring author and historian Jeffrey Richman

Jul 12, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
skylight gallery
Open to Coffee House, Salmagundi members, and their guests
Eventbrite RSVP required
Program is FREE to attend
You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the event alone, or for both the event and dinner. A la carte dinner is paid separately (card only).
For any questions, please email Brittney at

About the Event

Cover of "Building the Brooklyn Bridge" by Jeffrey I. Richman features a black and white photo of men standing on the skeleton of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Author Jeffrey Richman, a lifelong collector, has gathered 253 superb nineteenth-century images, many never before published on the printed page, including photographs, engineering drawings, woodcuts, and colored lithographs, to tell the story of the building of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

For Building the Brooklyn Bridge, 1869-1883, he also specially created 43 anaglyphs―computer-generated images from 19th-century stereographs―offering the reader the 3D sensation of being at the construction site as the bridge was being built. His book has received an award from the New York City Chapter of the Victorian Society and was selected by the Bowery Boys podcast as a recommended holiday gift.

For this slideshow, 3D glasses will be provided free of charge to enable attendees to see the Brooklyn Bridge being built before their very eyes.

Books will be available for purchase.

About the Speaker

Jeffrey Richman is the historian at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. He has been a collector—and fascinated by 19th-century New York—for as long as he can remember. Thirty years ago, Jeff led his first tour at Green-Wood—a place that combines so many of his interests: 19th century New York City and photographs of it, landscape design, sculpture, rural cemeteries, contemporary photography, nature, and more. He became its part-time historian in 2000 (while practicing law, representing indigent criminal defendants for 33 years, both at the trial level and on appeal) and its full-time historian in 2007. He is the author of four history books.


Ticketed guests are welcome to stay for dinner by indicating so in their Eventbrite RSVP.

There will be an a la carte menu to choose from with a $5 per glass Coffee House wine special. You can pay for your meal with a card or your membership account (no cash).

Woman holding 3D glasses to her head.