The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City, spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first fixed crossing across the East River. It was also the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, with a main span of 1,595. 5 feet (486. 3 m) and a deck height of 127 ft (38. 7 m) above Mean High Water. The span was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and the East River Bridge, but was officially renamed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1915.