The Williamsburg Bridge has spanned the East River since 1903, connecting what's now Brooklyn's most notoriously hip(ster) neighborhood to Manhattan. In the 1980s, the bridge was in serious disrepair—and architects wanted to replace it with a mirror-finish masterpiece topped with a restaurant. Imagine the view!
DRC Consultants Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc. and Der Scutt, architects, teamed up to create the design. It envisioned a bridge with towers wrapped in reflective panels, "giving the appearance of a warm, cinnamon-colored reflective jewel in the East River, bringing a new elegance and new life to the surrounding areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn." Inverted triangle structures atop the bridge's 456-foot towers would house a two-story restaurant on the Brooklyn side, and a bridge museum on the Manhattan side.
The plan was never realized: rather than replacing the bridge, city leaders decided to refurbish it in a series of construction projects that continue to this day. But it's fascinating to imagine what it would've been like to have lunch on top of the Williamsburg Bridge.
Images: Der Scutt Architect