Saturday, December 5, 2009
#4 Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge AKA 59th Street Bridge
Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge AKA 59th Street Bridge, November 4, 2009
Rob Hickman on a 24" and Keith Nelson on a 24"
From the New York City Department of Transportation:
Originally christened Blackwell’s Island Bridge, and intended to link Manhattan’s Harlem Line with the Long Island Railroad, the colossal, two-decked Queensboro Bridge is one of the greatest cantilever bridges in the history of American bridge design. A collaboration between the famed bridge engineer Gustav Lindenthal (1850-1935) and architect Henry Hornbostel, the Queensboro’s massive, silver-painted trusses span the East River between 59th Street in Manhattan and Long Island City in Queens and offer spectacular views of midtown Manhattan, highlighted by the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations. Often referred to as the 59th Street Bridge, the Queensboro’s completion preceded that of the Manhattan Bridge by nine months. The bridge has been immortalized by numerous artists and musicians, including Simon & Garfunkel in their hit song, "The 59th Street Bridge Song/Feelin’ Groovy."
Construction commenced - July 19, 1901
Open to traffic - March 30, 1909
Total length of bridge and approaches - 7449 feet