A reader writes:
I was digging through the very limited archives of the NY Times Select that Philips is so graciously sponsoring this week when I came upon an article about the Brooklyn Bridge opening.
It's a fairly standard tableau from 1883: President Chester A. Arthur attended the ceremony alongside the mayor as a lusty crowd cheered the connection of what were then two separate cities. What struck our reader was some of the detail added to the article to provide color:
Read on for more information about the swarthy dagos who toiled in the span's construction.