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The Broker Bridge is a cable-stayed suspension bridge connecting the boroughs of Algonquin and Broker in Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, passing over the Humboldt River. It is based on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, although its approach arches on the Algonquin side are actually based on the approach arch of the Manhattan Bridge (which is also replicated in game as the Algonquin Bridge).
Location and accessibility
The Broker Bridge begins from the Broker-Dukes Expressway, near Masterson Street in the Hove Beach neighborhood in Broker and leads onto Diamond Street in the Chinatown neighborhood in Algonquin. It is the southernmost crossing of the Humboldt River, south of the Algonquin Bridge. The geography of the bridge (Broker Side) is similar to the Verazanno-Narrows Bridge but on the Algonquin side, it's in the similar location as the Brooklyn Bridge's northern terminus.
The Broker Bridge in GTA IV carries vehicles and pedestrians only. Vehicles access the bridge via the on-ramps on Masterson Street or directly from the Broker Bridge Approach Expressway, while pedestrians must climb up many flights of stairs on the massive stone foundations, accessible from Mohawk Avenue in Hove Beach at the Broker end, and just north of Pier 45 in Fishmarket South at the Algonquin end. Vehicles occupy two dual-lanes of traffic, while pedestrians use an elevated walkway in the middle. The bridge depicted as in GTA Chinatown Wars does not feature said pedestrian walkway.
According to the documentary, A History of Liberty City, the Broker Bridge was built for transportation of cars between Broker and Algonquin and because there were wasn't a tall enough structure in which people could kill themselves, so the Broker Bridge was built for people who wanted to commit suicide before there were cars. The bridge was built before the American Civil War and its real-life counterpart, the Brooklyn Bridge, was built during the 1880s, 20 years after the Civil War finished.
- A Flying Rat can be found atop the Algonquin side of the bridge. This collectible can be accessed only by helicopter. Higgins Helitours is located nearby, so that is a good way of getting to the top.
- Although the bridge is blocked to traffic from the start of the game (to be unlocked as the game progresses), the pedestrian walkway above is not. It is therefore possible to walk across the bridge and enter Algonquin from the very start of the game. Doing so, however, results in a 6-star wanted level (although the game-controlled pedestrians are allowed to cross the boundaries without apparent penalty).
- While the GTA IV rendition of the bridge features only two suspension towers, the GTA Chinatown Wars rendition features three.
- If heading west, continue directly straight to complete a jump. Also, using a motorbike and jumping off in mid-air can be humorous, but it is recommended to not jump if you're basically touching the ceiling of the building between the jump's "markers".
- Inside Drusilla's (Ray Boccino's restaurant) during cutscenes, an old picture of the Broker Bridge can be seen.
- When using a helicopter above the bridge, you can notice the suspension cables connect different parts of the anchorages. On the Algonquin side, the cables touch the tip but on the Broker side, the cables go past the tip of the anchorage and end when the ramps to Masterson Street begin.
- The bridge appears in all 4 of the GTA IV's game trailers. It is featured in the first 3 and roughly seen in the 4th one.