NEW YORK - It was so singular a marvel, so ambitious a feat, that its opening drew the president and a crowd of thousands.

One hundred and twenty-five years later, the Brooklyn Bridge remains a powerful symbol of engineering might and imagination, and a revered fixture in the landscape of the nation's largest city.

And it can still attract a crowd. Thousands of people are expected at the bridge's 125th birthday blowout. It opened on May 24, 1883. *

-Associated Press