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Birthday Bridge

Monday, June 01, 2009

Sam Schwartz, president of the New York City Bridge Centennial Commission and "Gridlock Sam" columnist for the Daily News, talks about the 100th anniversaries of the Queensboro and other NYC bridges.

Hunter College students will be burying a centennial time capsule at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge. Tell us what you would put in a Queensboro Bridge time capsule? Or tell us your favorite Queensboro Bridge story. Comment below!

Guests:

Sam Schwartz

Comments [4]

Lita from Greenwich Village

Back in 1949, my sister worked at Goldwater Hospital on then-Welfare Island. There was a guard stationed at a bridge-level "platform," which had an elevator down to island level.
Every morning, I sat in the back seat when my father would drive to work in Manhattan from where we lived in Jackson Heights (Queens), dropping her off en route. As we reached the crest of the bridge, he would signal the guard that he wanted drive onto the platform, so my sister could get out and take the elevator. My favorite memory was a certain feeling of "power" when the guard would then stop the bridge traffic--in both directions--for us to make the turn in, and again to let us back onto the bridge.

Jun. 01 2009 12:01 PM
jeff from brooklyn

Re:Brooklyn Bridge. Funny how the last
thing, after banning bikes and charging
tourists people suggest is eliminating cars
from the bridge.

Jun. 01 2009 11:46 AM
jeff from brooklyn

Re:Brooklyn Bridge. Funny how the last
thing, after banning bikes and charging
tourists people suggest is eliminating cars
from the bridge.

Jun. 01 2009 11:45 AM
blue davis from brooklyn

check out http://www.nycbridgerunners.com/ , the only runniing club that runs only the bridges weekly

Jun. 01 2009 11:44 AM

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