If there’s one suspension bridge the nation reveres, it’s that glorious span serving a world-class metropolis that once had a tilting problem and is the fetching color of a fish belly — yes, the beloved Manhattan Bridge linking lower Manhattan to Brooklyn.
At least that’s according Google’s 2022 “Year in Search” for the United States, which explores what trended this terrible annum (of the top 10 most-popular searches altogether, two are for lottery games and one is just “Jeffrey Dahmer”). In the category for the “Top Scenic Spots” people searched for on Google Maps, the winner is “Dumbo: Manhattan Bridge View, Brooklyn, New York.” The Golden Gate Bridge, recently dubbed the most-photographed bridge in the world, gets second place with “Golden Gate View Point, Mill Valley, California.”
It’s unclear why a viewing spot of the Manhattan Bridge beat out one for its much-more-famous sister, the Brooklyn Bridge. Perhaps people were confusing the two? Or maybe it’s because the Dumbo neighborhood has good sight lines to both bridges? Whatever the reason, here are some more facts about the Manhattan Bridge for you weirdos Google-Mapping it: The main span is 1,470 feet long. It was a filming location for “The Godfather” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Its chief designer was Leon Moisseiff, whose (according to Wikipedia)…
…developments of the theory of suspension bridges are eclipsed by the dramatic failure of the Tacoma Narrows Suspension Bridge, his design, four months after its completion in 1940. The failure was filmed, and is shown to engineering students as a reminder of the possibility of failure, and to avoid hubris.
New York also makes Google Map’s list with the Statue of Liberty, but California comes back swinging with Glacier Point in Yosemite. Here’s the full list of scenic spots, and you can explore other popular search trends in 2022 here:
Google Maps: Top scenic spots
1. Dumbo – Manhattan Bridge View, Brooklyn, New York
2. Golden Gate View Point, Mill Valley, California
3. Bellagio Fountain, Las Vegas, Nevada
4. Statue of Liberty View Point, New York, New York
5. Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona
6. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City, North Carolina
7. Gatlinburg SkyBridge, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
8. PA Grand Canyon, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
9. Beverly Hills Sign, Beverly Hills, California
10. Glacier Point, Yosemite, Valley, California