Published: 1983
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An 80-foot waterfall pours out from under the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the "New York City Waterfalls" installation, a series of man-made waterfalls situated along the East River on June 26, 2008 in New York. The four gigantic waterfalls made of steel frames is the work of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and will be displayed until October 13. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

1983 was not without its lighter, happier stories. One of these concerned a spectacular celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. It was a terrific party. About 2 million people were on hand, among them Correspondent Carol Brooks ...

Carol Brooks: "It was one of the biggest parties the City has ever seen, and as New York City Mayor Ed Koch put it … "

Mayor Ed Koch: "'It is an event that can never happen again!'"

Carol Brooks: "And some of the spectators put it this way … "

Unknown Speaker: "'This is one of the most exciting evenings I've had in New York.'"

Unknown Speaker: "'I love it.'"

Unknown Speaker: "'This is great.'"

Unknown Speaker: "'A wonderful time.'"

Carol Brooks: "There was a street fair featuring dancers and music, and a parade of harbor craft sounded horns as they sailed up the East River … "

"'(Honking horns.)'"

Carol Brooks: "'But the most spectacular event was the huge fireworks display that lit up the sky as the night drew to a close … "

"'(Background noises.)'"

Carol Brooks: "And all of this was to say … "

Unknown Speaker: "'Happy Birthday, Brooklyn Bridge.'"

Carol Brooks: "Carol Brooks, New York."

Jenny Cossola: The year also saw the selection of the first black Miss America. Vanessa Williams, who represented New York State in the pageant, hopes the exposure will help her launch a career on Broadway.

That famous thoroughfare said goodbye in 1983 to the musical show "Annie", which closed after more than 2300 performances and almost 6 years on Broadway.


Ed Karrens: And so the year is finished, and those events that shaped and changed the lives of so many are now part of history.


Unknown Speaker: You've been listening to 1983 in Review. The program was written by Ed Karrens, produced by Ed Karrens and Ken Robbins. 1983 in Review is a production of the UPI Radio Network.