Queensboro Bridge Marks Centennial

Monday, June 01, 2009

(Sound of Sunnyside Drum Corps performing.)

One hundred years ago this week, the Queens Borough Bridge opened across the East River to join together Manhattan and Queens. And yesterday, leaders from the two boroughs met in the center of the bridge to kick off the centennial celebration -- along with bagpipes and marching bands, like this Sunnyside Drum Corps.

Here's the bridge centennial commission president, Sam Schwartz.

SCHWARTZ: The Queensboro Bridge is different than all the other East River Bridges because it's not a suspension bridge. Instead, it's a cantilevered bridge, which is kind of like a diving board. It's kind of like a diving board. It's held at one end, and then the two pieces meet together in the very center.

The Queens Borough's birthday celebrations continue this week with lectures and other events.


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