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Brooklyn Bridge Work Update

Thursday, September 23, 2010

We went out on the Brooklyn Bridge last week to check the progress of the work.

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Swim Under the Bridge

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Those New Yorkers coping with traffic over the bridge during the rehabilitation can traverse the East River a different way this weekend:  swim it! 

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Canvassed

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

What a difference a week makes: the last time we were on the bridge, no canvas was in sight.  But now the draping of the bridge has begun in earnest.   Workers are installing canvas to be as part of the paint removal containment system.  As Hasan Ahmed of the NYC Department of Transportation promised, "it will be lots of material."  One coworker who bikes over the bridge reported this morning that the canvas is surprisingly disorienting for pedestrians.  On the walkway, "you can see the sky, not the water," she said. 

We were out on the bridge yesterday taking pictures--see the slideshow here

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Wrap It Up

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

A four-year, $508 million renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge is currently underway. But beyond some lane closures and a few construction signs, you might not have noticed much of a difference. That’s about to change.

Picture yourself on a bridge on the East River with a tangerine canvas that blocks out the skies.

Well, all right, it’s not going to be tangerine.  (more)

 

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Willis Avenue Bridge Meets the Brooklyn Bridge

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's quite a conundrum: how can a Bronx bridge be within yards of the Brooklyn Bridge? To see more pictures, and learn more about this story, click here

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Comptroller's Office Launches Database of City Expenditures

Monday, July 26, 2010

Let’s say you’re a radio news producer who’s interested in governmental accountability. So you decide to track the money New York City is spending on the Brooklyn Bridge rehab.  You’d go about it several ways: you’d call the city’s Department of Transportation for details. You’d file several Freedom of Information Law requests. And now you’d visit CheckbookNYC.com, a new website unveiled by the New York City Comptroller earlier this month. (More)

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Subcontractors and Steel

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Skanska's working for the city.  Who's working for Skanska? (more)

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Foiled

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

One of the main reasons WNYC decided to monitor the renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge is that we thought following this $508-million project would provide a good test case for government transparency. We would publicly mull over questions like How does the city award contracts? Where will the materials come from? Who will get the jobs? Read on, and we'll tell you how the main bridge contractor, Skanska-Koch, got a "marginal" rating for hiring women and minorities.  But first...(more)

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New York City: Women Bridge Painters Who Couldn’t Get Work Not Entitled to Back Pay

Friday, June 04, 2010

From 1996 to 2001, the New York City Department of Transportation employed about 40 bridge painters; none were female.  In 2007, the United States District Attorney filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city, stating that "the DOT has never hired, extended an offer to hire, or employed a single woman as a Bridge Painter."  In May a Manhattan federal judge found that the City of New York and the Department of Transportation were guilty of, in the judge’s words, “unvarnished sex discrimination...the net result was to exclude qualified and impressive women from pursuing the careers they desired with the City of New York.” 

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Minority and Women Contractors, and Parsing What’s a Goal—and What’s a Requirement

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Earlier this week we wrote about Brooklyn Bridge contractor Skanska and how, at one point in the bidding process, their bid did not meet the city’s 14% disadvantaged business enterprise goal. The city expressed concern—but wound up awarding them the contract anyway.

 

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Brooklyn Bridge Rehab Creates Jobs, But You'll Never Know How Many

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Wednesday's official groundbreaking of the Brooklyn Bridge rehab brought out some big political names--Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Congressman Jerrold Nadler.  What it did not bring was clarity on the job creation issue.

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The $508 Million Brooklyn Bridge Project is Going to Generate Jobs. Whose?

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Vice President Biden comes to New York Wednesday to tout the success of the stimulus program. With Biden set to visit the Brooklyn Bridge, a project using $30 million in stimulus funds, we thought it would be an opportune time to recap our efforts to track "every dollar" of Brooklyn Bridge funding.

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Biden to Visit Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden hosts a presser at the Brooklyn Bridge tomorrow.  The Bridge is receiving some $30 million in stimulus funding toward a 4-year renovation.  

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Speaking for the Trees

Monday, May 24, 2010

The specifications for the work done on the Brooklyn Bridge, as prepared by the New York City Department of Transportation, contain information about each item to be used in the bridge rehabilitation.  We took a look at one item:  $1,300 tree guards.  Are they worth the cost, do they actually protect the trees--and are these trees we should be protecting in the first place?

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Happy 127th Birthday, Brooklyn Bridge!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Today is the 127th anniversary of the opening of that iconic bridge that first connected Brooklyn to Manhattan.

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Bike Month NYC Meets the Brooklyn Bridge

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Perhaps you've been wondering how to combine Bike Month NYC with the 127th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge.  Wait no longer! 

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The Brooklyn Banks

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Brooklyn Banks (a red brick plaza under the ramps of the bridge on the Manhattan side) whose ramps, angled surfaces and staircases are catnip to skateboarders (and bikers, and practitioners of Parkour) -- is about to be taken offline.  The Department of Transportation just posted a notice (pdf) that this area will be closed beginning May 15th. (More)

 

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Wider Ramps, New Paint, and Earthquake-Ready

Monday, May 10, 2010

As the director of the East River Bridges for the New York City Department of Transportation, Hasan Ahmed is overseeing the $508,612,678 rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge.  WNYC’s Soterios Johnson and Karen Frillmann took a walk on the bridge with Mr. Ahmed to get more details about the work taking place on this iconic structure.  (More)

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Photos of the Brooklyn Bridge

Friday, May 07, 2010

Have photos of the Brooklyn Bridge? We want to see them! Submit them and we will feature them as part of The Brooklyn Bridge Project.

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Be Part of the Brooklyn Bridge Project

Friday, May 07, 2010

A massive renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge is underway. Completing it will take at least four years, $508 million, and hundreds of workers; watching how the work progresses and the money is spent takes you. Want to get involved? Take our survey.

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