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    Heres my favourite picture of the bridge, with the Silvercup sign from Highlander in the distance.
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    Does anyone know, are school buses allowed to travel on the upper deck of the 59th Street Bridge, or are only cars allowed to travel on the top deck?

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    Bridge and Tunnel Types

    By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM


    The Queensboro Bridge as seen from the Manhattan side, soon to be renamed in honor
    of a former New York mayor, Edward I. Koch.


    Take a date to the Brooklyn Bridge for spectacular views and a romantic stroll. Take a drive in the Lincoln Tunnel and prepare for a cramped, crawling trip to New Jersey.
    The Queensboro Bridge is the iconic set piece of Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” perhaps the most romantic portrayal of New York ever set to celluloid. The Holland Tunnel had its Hollywood moment, too: “Daylight,” a Sylvester Stallone disaster film that imagines the thing destroyed by diamond thieves.

    Both types of crossings represent humanity’s ingenuity and ambition, engineering wonders that unite Manhattan to the other boroughs and points beyond. And yet the miracles that shepherd thousands of cars at high speeds underwater through New York City do not conjure quite the same devotion as their above-ground, more architecturally pleasing cousins.

    “A bridge is in the sky; a bridge has poetry — even the ugliest bridge has a following,” observed Mitchell L. Moss, director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University. “But a tunnel? A tunnel is much more mechanical. A tunnel is all about moving fast. Tunnels are something you get through, not something you experience.”

    Mr. Moss was asked to ponder the larger sociological meaning of these two urban conveyances on Wednesday, after the news that a pair of the city’s lifeblood arteries are to be renamed in honor of two towering New York politicians.

    The soaring Queensboro Bridge will soon bear the name of Edward I. Koch, the former mayor and amateur movie critic; Hugh L. Carey, the former governor from Brooklyn, is poised to see his name on the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the near-invisible underground passageway perhaps best known from its cameo as the headquarters of the “Men in Black.”

    So, should Mr. Carey feel less than groovy? Not according to Robert Polner, who co-wrote a biography of the former governor, “The Man Who Saved New York,” that was published this year.

    “He is a stubborn character, and a bulwark of sorts,” Mr. Polner said of Mr. Carey. “In some ways, something like the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, which seems immovable, seems fitting.”

    Like Mr. Carey, who saved the city from financial ruin in the 1970s, the tunnel “holds back the floods, it holds back the waters,” Mr. Polner said. And he deemed the tunnel’s self-sustaining toll system appropriate for a governor known for fiscal reform.

    Still, even Mr. Polner acknowledged that the tunnel, which has the least traffic of all the major city crossings, was not as powerful a symbol as its neighbor to the north.
    “I think anyone would rather be named for the Brooklyn Bridge than the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel,” Mr. Polner said. “But I don’t think Carey is viewed as a glamorous figure.”

    As for the “Men in Black” connection, Mr. Polner said there was absolutely no evidence to suggest that Mr. Carey might be an alien.

    Mr. Carey and Mr. Koch now join another pair of notable politicians whose names grace a bridge and a tunnel: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

    “In California, they name airports after movie stars: Bob Hope, John Wayne,” Mr. Moss of N.Y.U. said. “At least in New York, we honor our elected officials. This is a reflection of how much more important civic and political life is in New York than in California.”

    Mr. Koch, with his gregarious demeanor and outsize persona, would seem a natural “bridge” type. But one longtime acquaintance of the mayor suggested on Wednesday that the Queensboro might not have been his ultimate aim.

    “You want to know what he really wanted? He wanted Newark Airport!” said George Arzt, a longtime friend and a former press secretary for Mr. Koch. “He has always said to me that after he passes on, he would like Newark Liberty Airport named after him.” (Mr. Koch, although born in the Bronx, grew up in Newark.)

    Reached for comment, Mr. Koch was adamant that such a prospect never held much interest for him.

    “That was just talk!” he said in a telephone interview. “It’s Newark — I want to be in New York! That’s why I purchased my cemetery plot in Manhattan.”

    Mr. Koch agreed that he preferred a bridge to an underground crossing — “Who wants to get stuck in a tunnel if the air closes around you?” — and then said he had to run: he was on his way to Gracie Mansion for a birthday party, where Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was expected to formally announce Mr. Koch’s new namesake.

    But the former mayor asked a reporter to wait a moment so he could share a quotation he had found in “The Great Gatsby,” which he called appropriate for the occasion.

    “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge,” Mr. Koch said, reading from the novel, “is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”

    “Nobody else has a bridge like that,” Mr. Koch concluded happily. “Only me!”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/09/ny...l?ref=nyregion

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    Wonder what Bloomberg imagines will have his name on it in years to come?

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    I'd think he imagines it would be some park. Like, Bloomberg (formerly Hudson River) Park. Ick.

    The Queensboro / 59th St. Bridge already has two names. Pick something else for Ed.

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    I'm thinking the likely spot for Mike's remembrance is the re-built East River Park.

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    Bumper-to-Bumper on the Eddie and the Hughie

    By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ


    The afternoon rush on the Eddie.

    The Williamsburg Bridge is cursed and celebrated by New Yorkers as “the Willy B.” Could the bridge to be named for former Mayor Edward I. Koch soon be known simply as “the Eddie”?

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is keen on the idea, and so is Mr. Koch.

    “That’s clever,” Mr. Bloomberg said after John Gambling suggested it in an interview with the mayor on WOR-AM (710) on Friday. “I assume he’d love ‘the Eddie.’ ”

    Turns out, Mr. Koch is a fan. “Anything that they called it that was appropriate and proper and referred to me is wonderful,” Mr. Koch said. “I think there is a chance of it catching on.”

    Pending approval from the City Council, Mr. Koch’s name will be plastered on the Queensboro Bridge, the cantilever structure that extends across the East River and is best known as the set piece of Woody Allen’s “Manhattan.”

    Mr. Gambling had a similarly catchy name for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, which is poised to be named for Hugh L. Carey, the former governor: “the Hughie.”

    Mr. Bloomberg reserved judgment on the nickname, running through a list of traffic arteries not blessed with shorthand. “They don’t call the Hudson ‘the Huddie,’ ” he said. “The G.W. is ‘G.W.’ ”

    But, he added, “Williamsburg — ‘the Willy B’!”

    Mr. Gambling then asked Mr. Bloomberg, not usually known for a diminutive ego, which structure would be appropriate to honor his legacy as mayor. “Probably some, you know, little newsstand kiosk or something,” Mr. Bloomberg said.

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...nd-the-hughie/

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    Is there pedestrian access to the bridge walkway from Roosevelt Island? Or is the only access in Manhattan and Queens at the ends of the bridge?

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    Council Votes to Rename Queensboro Bridge for Koch

    By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ

    The City Council voted 38 to 12 on Wednesday to rename the Queensboro Bridge after Mr. Koch, who led New York City from 1978 to 1989 and emerged as one of its most familiar faces. The city is expected to officially christen the bridge the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge next month.

    The bridge, which serves as connective tissue between Manhattan and Queens, is a signature of the New York skyline, depicted in movies and memorialized in song. Its steel frame extends from 59th Street over the East River.

    “It just makes me feel marvelous,” Mr. Koch said in a telephone interview after the vote.

    He said he used the bridge frequently because he liked to go to Telly’s Taverna in Astoria for Greek food. “I’m going to feel very, very comfortable on that bridge,” he said.

    The Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge, opened in 1909 and helped transform Queens from a collection of rural communities into an urban center of commerce and housing.

    Several Council members invoked the bridge’s history as they criticized the plan to name it for Mr. Koch.

    Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr. of Queens said the idea had been met with boos and hisses in his district. “This is not about Ed Koch,” he said. “This is all about pride. Pride in our borough, and pride in our bridge.”

    “No one would ever think of renaming or co-naming the Brooklyn Bridge,” he added, saying it would be a more appropriate tribute to name the city’s Municipal Building for him.

    Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer of Queens said he had received more mail about renaming the bridge than about any other topic since he took office last year. A recent poll by Quinnipiac University found that 64 percent of New Yorkers opposed the idea. “They do not want this to happen,” Mr. Van Bramer said.

    Some used the meeting to single out Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who originally proposed renaming the bridge as a gift for Mr. Koch’s 86th birthday. “If Mayor Bloomberg wants to name something, he can name Bloomberg L.P. Koch L.P.,” said Councilman Jumaane D. Williams of Brooklyn, referring to the mayor’s media conglomerate.

    Still, the Council meeting on Wednesday was largely free of contention, with many members using their few minutes at the microphone to praise Mr. Koch.

    Christine C. Quinn, the Council speaker, said the memorial was deserved because of Mr. Koch’s hand in bringing the city back from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1980s. “He is our city’s biggest champion, its most significant cheerleader, its most unflagging supporter,” Ms. Quinn said.

    (The admiration is mutual; Mr. Koch said recently that he would support Ms. Quinn for mayor in 2013 if she runs and if Raymond W. Kelly, the police commissioner, does not.)
    On Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement that private donations would be used to pay for the replacement of signs.

    “Ed Koch is responsible for so much of the progress we enjoy, and the renaming is a perfect tribute to one of our city’s greatest mayors,” said Mr. Bloomberg, who is expected to sign the name-change legislation in the next several weeks.

    Few historic figures have been able to get as much of a glimpse into how the world will remember them as Mr. Koch. He has picked out a cemetery plot, selected his tombstone and written his epitaph. And now he will have a bridge to call his own.

    Mr. Koch said that because he is alive, the tribute comes with a responsibility: serving as the bridge’s protector. “If anyone even suggests tolls,” he said, “I will be down at the bridge like Horatio guarding it.”

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    The KQB?

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    Base of Historic Queensboro Bridge Lamp Rediscovered After 36 Years

    By Amy Zimmer | DNAinfo








    The East 60th Street lamppost can be seen in the background near the kiosk for the
    Queensboro Bridge trolley station. (Roosevelt Island Historical Society )

    UPPER EAST SIDE — The twin of the elaborate Beaux Arts bronze lamppost that graces the entrance of the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge on East 59th Street — albeit with a sign obscuring it — was removed from East 60th Street more than 35 years ago.

    New York City history buffs had been hunting for it ever since — until the lamp's base turned up last year in a photograph posted on a blog.

    The image on the Newtown Pentacle website, taken by photographer Mitch Waxman in January 2011, shows the base looking worse for wear as it sat in a Department of Transportation street lights yard at 45-03 37th Ave. in Sunnyside, Queens.

    At first, Waxman had no idea what the object was when he posted the photos. But some of his readers did and clued him in to the object's past.

    "It was a bit like Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark. It got shuffled to a warehouse and lost in the shuffle," Waxman said of the serendipitous discovery he made while taking a walk in Western Queens.

    "It was clearly part of that great school of architecture: City Beautiful from the early 20th century," he said. "I was stunned to see it. Something made of metal in this part of Queens that hasn’t been taken to the scrap yards is such a rare thing."

    Waxman discussed his discovery with Judith Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, who is now on a mission to raise $60,000 to restore the 6,000-pound base. She hopes to install it on Roosevelt Island, near the historic cast iron and terra cotta kiosk that once served as a Queensboro Bridge Trolley Station and is now the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitor Center.

    "It’s a beautifully decorated piece of bronze," Berdy said. "But it has to be taken to a foundry to be put back together, and it’s expensive to move."

    Her organization would also have to prep the foundation for its new home to make sure it could withstand the base’s weight.

    The two lampposts were installed on East 60th Street and East 59th Street on the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge when it opened in 1909. They both have elaborately decorated bases, each side of which was labeled with a borough’s name (except Staten Island).

    Both lampposts had been removed in 1974 to make way for the construction of the Roosevelt Island aerial tram. Two years later, the East 59th Street lamppost was reinstalled. It was restored in 2000 and then reinstalled once again.

    "It’s part of the bridge’s history," Berdy said. "To me, it’s important that something like this not be trashed and put away somewhere where no one can see it."

    Waxman, also a preservationist, was pleased to hear it might be heading to Roosevelt Island.

    "It would be a great place for it, particularly with the new construction of Cornell University [for its tech campus]," he said.

    "It will give a new generation a way to learn about Queens history," he added, noting that even though the lamppost was originally situated on the Manhattan side, the bridge helped spur development of Western Queens.

    Before it was lost, the East 60th Street lamp stood near the kiosk where passengers boarded the trolley that crossed the bridge and connected Manhattan and Queens — with a stop on Roosevelt Island when it was called Welfare Island — until the line shuttered in 1957.

    That 210-square-foot, 86,000-pound kiosk was moved to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in 1970. Then, five years ago, Berdy brought it to Roosevelt Island — a process that involved a massive operation with a crane and a flatbed truck that had to be operated in the middle of the night, Berdy said.

    "I already moved the 86,000-pound visitor center," Berdy said, "so nothing fazes me. After 86,000 pounds, what’s 6,000 pounds?"

    Community Board 8’s transportation committee gave a green light for moving the base to Roosevelt Island. The full board will vote on the proposal on April 18.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/20120411/uppe...#ixzz1rn9jlakQ

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    Oh!


    There it is!


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    What if the Queensboro Bridge Had a Built-in Pedestrian Plaza?

    By Prachi Gupta
    March 6, 2015
    What if a bridge could also be a community center? That’s what architect Sunggi Park envisioned in his Harvard thesis project “Re-configurable Infrastructure,” which just got a special mention in the annual d3 Unbuilt Visions competition — an annual celebration of visionary and theoretical architecture across the world.



    Using the Queensboro Bridge as an example, Park finds a way to not only make use of under-utilized space under bridges and aqueducts, but also make them stronger. These massive structures must be reinforced, updated and in some cases, entirely repurposed to keep pace with the demands of a large city. Park’s submission expands on this observation and blurs the lines between infrastructure, architecture and community space. “We could identify the notion of obsolescence which was a static, yet it can be redefined as a dynamic organ,” he writes. “So the vision of this project is a finding ideas of re-configurable infrastructures to be a regenerative figure.”



    Park’s bridge design includes five layers, with the top layer being used for the sort of traditional transportation we associate with bridges (cars, pedestrian walkways) and the bottom four being used for restaurants, gyms, community centers, cafeterias and auditoriums.

    Check out the project here.


    (Image: Sunggi Park)

    http://animalnewyork.com/2015/queens...estrian-plaza/

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