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Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Top 10 Greatest Bridges in NYC — #1

Brooklyn Bridge The incredible 1869-1883 achievement of the intrepid German family of Roebling – and the hundreds of Irish “sandhogs” who labored under their direction – is now the stuff of legend. The grand cathedral-style aches, graceful sweep, and intricate network of cables, have inspired writers from José Martí to Hart Crane, and painters from …

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Top 10 Greatest Bridges in NYC — #2

George Washington Bridge Opened in 1931, the art deco collaboration of Othmar Ammann and Cass Gilbert, the George Washington Bridge appears as a lacy, crystal spider web over the Hudson River. Extending between Fort Lee, NJ, and the neighborhood of Washington Heights, it operates under the auspices of the Port Authority of New York and …

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Top 10 Greatest Bridges in NYC — #3

Bow Bridge The graceful, cast-iron confection that arches over The Lake is Central Park’s most beloved and most photogenic span. The oldest cast-iron bridge in the park, the ironwork is by the same craftsmen who did the Capitol in Washington, DC and it is complete with unseen cannonballs set in its base, designed to allow …

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ANSWER:

Fort Jay Congratulations to Mar for getting the correct answer first!

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QUESTION:

What is the name of the historic fort, located on Governors Island?

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Memorial Day

Though one does not often think of New York as an especially military city, we are the home of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the Fighting 69th, Fort Hamilton, and the USS Intrepid, among other grand traditions of the armed forces. There are several ways to observe and honor Memorial Day in our city, from the …

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Top 10 Greatest Bridges in NYC — #4

Manhattan Bridge Opened in 1909, the Manhattan Bridge is the youngest of the three bridges that connect Manhattan to Brooklyn. Reversing the stone-to-steel ratios of the Brooklyn Bridge, its distinctive blue color and glorious arched gateway by Carrère & Hastings set it apart from its neighbors. Sadly, it seems that this beautiful bridge’s biggest claim …

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Top 10 Greatest Bridges in NYC — #5

Pine Bank Bridge Of the seven cast iron bridges that were originally built in Central Park, Pine Bank Arch (as it is officially named) is one of the five that remain. Built in 1861, when cast iron was still reasonably new as a building material, Pine Bank is wrought into a beautifully lacy span over …

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Top 10 Greatest Bridges in NYC — #6

Verrazano Bridge The longest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed (and currently the 11th longest), the Verrazano Bridge connects Brooklyn to Staten Island, spanning the narrows that also bear the name of the Italian explorer, Giovanni Di Verrazano. Often maligned by bikers and pedestrians as “the pathless bridge” because it has no …

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Top 10 Greatest Bridges in NYC — #7

High Bridge Opened in 1848, High Bridge is the oldest pedestrian bridge in the city. Connecting Manhattan to the Bronx and designed like a Roman aqueduct, High Bridge is a beautiful and dramatic structure, believed to have been traversed by Edgar Allen Poe and figuring in the climactic sequence of Caleb Carr’s novel, The Alienist. …

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