Sunday, March 29, 2009

Queensboro Bridge Turns 100 on Monday

I mentioned it briefly here - the Queensboro Bridge (aka the 59th Street Bridge) turns 100 on Monday. The NY Times has an article on it - here's an excerpt:
One of the ugly ducklings? Not to Bob Singleton, an author of "Images of America: The Queensboro Bridge" and a trustee of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, which, by the way, will serve birthday cake on Monday at 7 p.m. at its headquarters. Other festivities are planned for late May and early June, mirroring events that took place 100 years ago.

"It's really the quintessential American bridge," Mr. Singleton said. "You get a massive feeling of the use of steel that went into that bridge. It's a graceful bridge when you take a look at what they tried to accomplish, and it's an iconic symbol of the city. It's been in movies from 'Dead End' in the '30s to 'Spider-Man.' But it's very unassuming as it goes about its work."

Read more, here:
To Fans, Queensboro Bridge Is a Steel Swan, Not an 'Ugly Duckling' [NY Times]

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