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    What's the big deal with renaming it?
    Of course we will still call it the Triborough!
    This was a nice gesture to a historic man which future generations, who use this bridge, will remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItstheBeat View Post
    What's the big deal with renaming it?
    The obscenely high cost, especially in these bad economic times .

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    Just another way to separate the "natives" from the "new transplants". Native NYC residents will always call it the "Triborough Bridge".

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    Big Town, Big Picture: Triborough Bridge

    Wednesday, June 3rd 2009


    April 1935


    Opening day, July 11, 1936

    Twenty years after it was conceived, seven years after ground was broken, three years after President Franklin Roosevelt lent the city $44 million to get the thing finished, the Triborough Bridge — the world’s most complex traffic artery, the great Y-shaped colossus at last connecting Manhattan and Queens and the Bronx, by now a key piece of Master Builder Robert Moses’ long-range highway plan — finally opened to vehicular traffic on a scorching Saturday in July 1936. It was more than just a solution to the staggerinig congestion on the Harlem River and Queensboro bridges; more than just a half-hour off the average drive out of the city; more than just, as the Daily News put it, “a victory of the people of New York over their geographic handicaps”: It was a physical validation of Roosevelt’s New Deal, a monument to the very principle of federal aid in hard times. “We are confronted with new needs,” the President declared. “Most of us are willing to recognize change. People are demanding up-to-date government in place of antiquated government.” Added Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia: “The bridge typifies a new idea in treating the maladies of depression and unemployment. What could be more symbolic of our present-day efforts than a bridge?” For all that, the bold new Triborough was instantly overwhelmed. On its very first day in service, more than 200,000 motorists lined up to cross it, resulting in a 15-hour traffic jam.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/...gh_bridge.html

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