The Queensboro Bridge and Queens Borough

Following the Civil War, the development of Queens was spurred on by the cheap land and labor available for industrialization, the close proximity to Manhattan, and by a wave of European immigrants seeks work and a place to live. Everyone recognized that the borough was at a tiny fraction of its potential. However, dramatic changes would follow the consolidation of Queens with New York City in 1898, and even moreso, with the opening of the Queensboro Bridge in 1909.

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