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'Love locks' damaging Brooklyn Bridge and posing threat to drivers

'Love Locks' Attached To Brooklyn Bridge Damaging Structure

As a symbol of their unending love, couples on New York's Brooklyn Bridge are fastening locks and throwing away the keys. But not everyone is lovin' the gesture.


"Couples will come and they'll leave these locks and throw away the key and it's said that their love will last forever. City officials are not feeling the love. In fact, they're asking tourists to stop, saying the love locks are actually damaging the bridge and are potentially dangerous."

The New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner told WABC she's worried about the number of people taking part in the act. "There has been a real increase and we're very, very concerned about it. We're removing them regularly," Polly Trottenberg said.

But, as you might know, New York isn't the first city to have problems with love locks. A Paris tourism website says the city is also having issues with this symbol of love on the Passerelle des Arts.


Back in NYC, "love locks" are becoming so popular, people are even asking vendors on the bridge if they sell them. When told the love locks are being removed, some people in New York were disappointed, but others had reservations about the tradition.

"I don't like the idea of people climbing out there. Something's gonna happen." A post on the bridge's Facebook page also asked visitors to stop. "Once again, we kindly ask that visitors to the Brooklyn Bridge refrain from attaching 'love locks' to the structure."

The Brooklyn Paper is asking people to, "lock it off." It stated that removing the locks costs money and is dangerous for the drivers below.

"Here in New York, roads officials say concern over falling locks forces them to temporarily close lanes of traffic while teams clip the clasps.

Looks like there really is a price for love ... or, love locks.

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silveredprism May 30 2014 at 8:02 AM

If it's not your property you then should not feel free to deface it, which is, in fact, what is being done. I'm a "senior citizen" and the lack of respect for others and the property of others is appalling!

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rsch34 May 30 2014 at 8:38 AM

You can't fix stupid.

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meepstein rsch34 May 30 2014 at 1:21 PM

Even if we could, these people are too stupid the know they are stupid.

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spock4777 rsch34 May 30 2014 at 9:46 PM

Actually you can, but it can only be done by the one that is being stupid.

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BOB May 30 2014 at 8:08 AM

Why do people follow stupid fads ?

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newyorkbodyscan BOB May 30 2014 at 1:18 PM

For the same reason that they allow their children to eat flour, sugar, Mickey D's, and so many other non-foods that sicken and kill.

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klw4919 newyorkbodyscan May 30 2014 at 9:41 PM

I love you people who can twist any topic around so that you can get in your favorite cause.

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spock4777 BOB May 30 2014 at 9:45 PM

Because people are stupid.

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limey5286 May 30 2014 at 8:26 AM

It's a beautiful structure. Why trash it up.

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pty014372 May 30 2014 at 8:13 AM

This is the stupidest thing I've seen in a long time.

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lauriecook353535 May 30 2014 at 8:31 AM

If the locks are hurting the bridge, what are the keys doing to the river?

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Mike May 30 2014 at 9:30 AM

Could be worse, could be divorce locks...The bridge would collapse under the weight within minutes.

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IBruzEZ May 30 2014 at 8:10 AM

How stupid can they be? a lock? get real....

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The Canoli King May 30 2014 at 7:36 AM

Also in New York,NO MORE LOX ON BAGEL'S.

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Mary Beth The Canoli King May 30 2014 at 8:40 PM

Hahaha (except there is no apostrophe on bagels)

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drteddydc Mary Beth May 31 2014 at 2:36 PM

LOL. There can be.
That bagel's so in love with cream cheese that they got together and put a love lock on the bridge. Or the bagel's lock from its first relationship with the toaster fell and injured two people.

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deej2808 May 30 2014 at 7:22 AM

Safety First! If it's causing problems to the drivers, why continue to do it?

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