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

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'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.
'Love locks' damaging Brooklyn Bridge and posing threat to drivers
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: 'Love locks' are viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City. The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way. Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: 'Love locks' are viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City. The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way. Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A 'love lock' is viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City. The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way. Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A 'love lock' is viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City. The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way. Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A 'love lock' is viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City. The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way. Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A 'love lock' is viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City. The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way. Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: 'Love locks' are viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City. The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way. Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A 'love lock' is viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City. The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way. Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A 'love lock' is viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City. The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way. Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY: Padlocks hanging on the Brooklyn Bridge, on February 12, 2013, in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: A person takes pictures of the Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: A couple attach Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. Padlocks on the bridge . In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
French lovers David, 22 and Charlene, 23, lock a padlock to mark Valentine's day in front of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday Feb. 14, 2011. The padlocks on the railings of the bridge are left by lovers who lock their padlocks onto the fence and throw the key into the Seine river as a symbol of enduring love. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon )
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"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.
'Love locks' damaging Brooklyn Bridge and posing threat to drivers
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: A person takes pictures of the Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Kids attaching Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: A couple pose in front of the Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. Padlocks on the bridge . In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. Padlocks on the bridge . In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: Different kinds of locks are pictured at the Bridge of Arts (Pont des Arts) during a rainy day on February 28, 2014 in Paris, France. Couples attach locks as a sign of their love to the railing of the bridge. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 8: Love padlocks hang from the bridges over Seine River in the capital Paris, France on April 7, 2014. Due to having poor esthetics and security reason, authorities consider removing the 'Love locks' attached to the bridges. Hanging padlocks to the bridges becomes a phenomenon in cities across Europe as couples leave them as a symbol of their love. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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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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