The Manhattan Bridge was the last of the three suspension bridges built across the lower East River, following the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges. In the earliest plans, the Manhattan Bridge was to have been called “Bridge No. 3” because it was the third bridge to be built. The Manhattan Bridge’s current name was given in 1902. The name was confirmed in 1904. The New York Times criticized the name as “meaningless” and that the Manhattan Bridge’s name “would have geographical and historical significance if it were known as the Wallabout Bridge”. This was a reference to Wallabout Bay, located near the proposed bridge’s Brooklyn side. In 1905, the Times raised another objection, stating, “All bridges across the East River are Manhattan bridges. When there was only one, it was well enough to call it the Brooklyn Bridge, or the East River Bridge”.