RFK Bridge

Monday, November 17, 2008

Kerry Kennedy, founder of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights and author of Being Catholic Now, on the renaming of the Triborough Bridge for her father. Question of the Day: What local landmark would you rename and for whom?


Kerry Kennedy

Comments [32]

Ron Raphael from Flatiron district, Manhattan, NYC

I would like to re-name the White House to the People House, thus representing all of the people. I am white but feel that this is only right. Also, why not re-name the Pentagon to the Peace All Gone. I think this sums up what really goes on there.

Nov. 17 2008 10:04 PM

If the Kennedys want so badly to be remembered then let them pay for the signs out of their own fortune. And wait, where did that fortune come from again?

Nov. 17 2008 07:34 PM
Joe P. from W. Village

This is absolute insanity and should be stopped. As many have already pointed out, RFKB will never catch on -- Triborough is descriptive of its location and function.

But much more importantly, the ensuing confusion will likely cause real traffic INJURIES and DEATHS as drivers slow/veer/exit late trying to find the damn TRIBORO!

I haven't heard anybody address the safety issue.

--------> Joe

Nov. 17 2008 07:28 PM
Alex from Washington Heights, Manhattan

I started a movement in September, "Fort Tryon Park: A Patriot's Name?," ( to rename Fort Tryon Park after someone or something that better represents what Washington Heights stands for and perhaps to incorporate its history in a better way.

William Tryon, the last royal governor of New York and a British general, was condemned by all sides during the Revolution for his harsh policies, which even by 18th century standards were widely frowned upon.

Instead of focusing on a new name, the first part of the campaign is designed to get people to understand who Tryon was and what is actions were during the Revolution.

Fort Tryon Park is one of the city's greatest parks; and the community has committed much effort to improve it over the past decade. It is my hope that, as people begin to learn about Tryon, the community will come together and start thinking about renaming the park.

Nov. 17 2008 02:12 PM
George from Bay Ridge

The Cross-Bronx for Rudy Giuliani.

Nov. 17 2008 01:59 PM
Greg Caulfield from ny

you should name the brooklyn battry tunnel after my grandfather J T Sharkey the acting Mayor not after a carpitbager like rfk, you know teddy will die soon the hole town of boston will be name after him.

Nov. 17 2008 01:07 PM
HCC from SoHo

Liberty is one thng. But yes, some white Christian male notions are indeed antiquated in America. Tnank goodness.

Name the bridge Sojourner Truth. Now that would be worth the millions.

The egomaniacal male Kennedys and their cheerleading female clan members are old news -- and altogether overindulged.

Nov. 17 2008 12:45 PM
HCC from SoHo

Liberty is one thing. But yes, some white Christian male notions are indeed antiquated, at least in America: slavery, racism, segregation, sexism, etc etc.

Name the bridge Sojourner Truth. That would be news.

Nov. 17 2008 12:40 PM
Harry from NYC

Yeah, who needs all those white Christian men and their antiquated idea of liberty anymore!

Nov. 17 2008 12:13 PM
GG from Midtown

See should at least remit profts from sales of her new book in payment for this.

Nov. 17 2008 12:12 PM
taylor from Midtown

Take the RFK to JFK? The Kennedy brand/fetish appears safe. But how much are they paying us for all this publicity? Sell bridge naming rights -- a valuable commodity -- to the highest bidder. We need the money; the Kennedys are sickeningly overexposed for free.

Nov. 17 2008 12:10 PM
Judy Young from Midtown

Why not rename The High Bridge after NYC Consolidator and father of Central Park (as well has many other NYC institutions)Andrew Haswell Green. Right now his only monument is a lonely bench in Central Park.

Nov. 17 2008 12:01 PM
Tony from Brooklyn

Why rename the Triboro in honor of a politicina with almost no connections with New York who moved here only becasuse there was an easy seat available and who spent most of his time as NY senator running for President? This is political correctness and sentimentality run amok. RFK's move to NY was a cynical political ploy of no benefit to NY and led the way for subsequent carpetbaggers like James Buckley and Hillary Clinton

Nov. 17 2008 12:01 PM
SallyW from Manhattan

white Christian men

Nov. 17 2008 11:57 AM
SallyW from Manhattan

All over America, too many landmarks get named after white Christain men. Enough.

Nov. 17 2008 11:56 AM
Peter from Lower East Side

We have to name something in Greenwich Village after the late great auhtor of 'The Death and Life Of Great American Cities Jane Jacobs. If it weren't for Mrs. Jacobs and the people of the Village in the 1960's who fought Robert Moses' preposterous plan to build the Lower Manhattan Expressway, downtown Manhattan would have been destroyed. It is the only idea Moses had that didn't come into fruition and Jacobs is to thank for that. As far as I know there is nothing named after Jacobs in the city and there aught to be. She is a downtown hero.

Nov. 17 2008 11:56 AM
Mar from NJ

Why don't the Kennedy's pay for it themselves.... They certainly can afford it......

Nov. 17 2008 11:55 AM
Harry from NYC

Haha, Those Catholic & Evangelical numbers are a fools errand. McCain won the Catholic vote of people who actually attend Mass by over 74%. I think you will find the same with the Evangelical vote. So call yourself anything you like, but Catholic doesn't mean you went to church one time.

Nov. 17 2008 11:55 AM
James Gray from Mount Vernon, NY

It's a shame when useful, i.e. descriptive, names of bridges or whatever are ditched to honor a politician's memory. I emailed my representatives about my concerns when this was proposed months ago but to no avail. The estimated $4 million cost could hardly come at a worse time for New York State. Can't believe lawmakers are wasting time on this kind of thing while the state economy tanks.

Nov. 17 2008 11:53 AM
Bill Mullen from New Rochelle

I would re-name the PELHAM BAY PARK after that forgotten American patriot, founding father, Revolutionary Soldier, revolutionary, and NYS resident, TOM PAINE.

Paine has been all but forgotten, and neglected in our national monuments. Paine was the Revolutionary spirit of the Revolution.

I think it is GREAT to re-name the TRI-BORO afte Bobby!

Nov. 17 2008 11:53 AM
barry from Manhattan

Wow, those "Bush is an Idiot" jokes never get old.
Thanks for adding to the conversation guys!!

Nov. 17 2008 11:53 AM
Erik from Harrison, NY

I agree with some of the comments that if there is a cost to change the bridge it could be better spent.

That being said, why not rename the 59th Street Bridge the Simon and Garfunkle Bridge. They both came from Queens, had a song named after the bridge and you could consider the water below to be troubled. Da da da da da feeling groovy.

Nov. 17 2008 11:52 AM
Brian Kelly from Brooklyn

RFK was a great man but seriously...are we or are we not in a fiscal crisis? 4 million dollars for this????????????

Nov. 17 2008 11:49 AM
Rudy from Kew Gardens

The city's cost for new signs will be negligible. It's the total cost to businesses, materials and labor, that will be large.

As for what other landmarks to name, the similarity between "Queensboro Plaza," "Queens Plaza" and "Queensbridge" is confusing to visitors and to passengers trying to grasp subway announcements. How about renaming one of them after Ed Koch, who (rightfully) suggested putting guard dogs in the train yards to curb graffiti vandals, and (wrongfully) began the process of driving the Middle Class out of Manhattan.

Nov. 17 2008 11:17 AM
Ron from Sunset park

An incredible waste of money in hardening times. Things like this creep up when American Royalty and the powers that be foresee a threat that their place in history will be supplanted by events in the offing. Would there be such a rush to rename if the Kennedys were not panicked about being eclipsed by Obama? They fear that, instead of the RFK Bridge, it will become the Obama Byway. They would never be able to oppose it, and would even have to be seen at the ribbon cutting, with fake smiles on their faces - "rats, we should have grabbed this one when we had the chance!"

Nov. 17 2008 11:03 AM
stu in nyc

does anyone use Avenue of the Americas when referring to Sixth Avenue, except when used as a mailing address?

let's rename the 2nd ave subway after George W Bush, since the hole in the ground is as large as the one in his head. also, the extension of the 7 line to the west side should be named after him, since it will never be completed, and his presidency accomplished nothing.

Nov. 17 2008 10:56 AM
Sara from Manhattan

No disrespect to the memory of RFK, but I can't imagine the new name will catch on. Triborough is a perfectly good name that describes exactly what the bridge does.

I predict this new moniker will go the way of the Joe DiMaggio Highway - remember when, about 10 years ago, they renamed the West Side Highway to honor Joltin' Joe? Nobody, but nobody, ever actually calls it that.

Nov. 17 2008 10:44 AM
billy from brooklyn

Rename every jail and prison after Dick Cheney.
Rename the Fresh Kills landfill after President Bush. Both of them, because they are huges piles of waste.

Nov. 17 2008 10:17 AM
Todd Broockerd from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

But seriously, William is right.

Nov. 17 2008 10:17 AM
William from Manhattan

No budgets for new signs! In our current economic crisis, with promised cuts in essential items like education, I think we can forgo expensive & discretionary renaming projects for the foreseeable future.

Nov. 17 2008 10:14 AM
Todd Broockerd from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

I think we should rename the Williamsburg Bridge after author and raconteur (and former resident of the Burg) Henry Miller.

Nov. 17 2008 10:14 AM
Robert from NYC

As much as I liked RFK and don't really mind the naming of the bridge but I will always call it the Triborough Bridge until I die. Call me old fashoned. lol.

Nov. 17 2008 09:38 AM

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