Dedication of Battery Park Underpass

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Celebration of the linking of the Westside Highway with FDR Drive through this underpass through South Ferry.

Past Borough Presidents in attendance are named: Isaacs, Hugo Rogers, Levy, Miller, and Judge Nathan. Mr. Lyons, Bronx Borough President.

Robert Wagner: Announces construction of South Street overpass, restoring Battery Park, construction of bus terminal for travel to and from Staten Island, and work on Harlem River Drive. Apologies to those inconvenienced by construction. Thanks to engineers and construction workers; thanks to civil service employees.

Second speaker (Robert Moses?): mentions several specific projects, including the Miller Highway, new tunnel to Brooklyn, moving of the barge office, expansion and reconstruction of Battery Park, removal of the elevated highway, improvement of both Staten Island terminals. All part of one big plan.

Charles Horowitz: Houston Street updates and planning, water through-way through Manhattan, criticism that there should have been more north-south avenues and fewer east-west streets in New York's original street patterns. He points out that, at the time, there were no cars, buildings were low and detached, and greenery was abundant. Plans for South Street Elevated Highway.

Quandary over who'll give the benediction. Cutting of the ribbon by seven-year-old Robert F. Wagner III.

Tommy Cowan gives a bit of commentary about the Staten Island Ferry service and development along this area.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69107
Municipal archives id: LT375