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    As you can see the original design for the Hell Gate Bridge of 1907 by Henry Hornbostel and Gustav Lindenthal resembles the Sydney Harbor Bridge even more than the final construction.
    I call your attention to the two tower buttreses at either end of the arch. Hornbostel's designed called for two headstone-like pediments similar to what is at either end of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
    I can only surmise that J.J.C. Bradfield got the original plans for the Hellgate with these buttresses which he used for the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
    (Please note that the photo of the drawing is from 'NEW YORK 1900' by Robert Stern, Gregory Gilmartin and John Massengale, Note to the administrator, if there is any copyright infringement please remove the picture.)

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    One more note, the bridge was completed in September 30, 1916. It would be entirely fitting to have a Centennial celebration. I would propose that an elevated walkway and bike path be constructed above the rail road so as not to interfere with the service. Of light weight construction such a walkway could easily be carried by this bridge. It would allow a pedestrian connection between Northern Queens and Manhattan that does not currently exist. And it would bring the communities that have lived under the shadow of this bridge into a more intimate contact and appreciation of it. Feel free to comment. Thank you, Joe

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    Randall's Island Bike Path To Connect to South Bronx Greenway


    Rendering courtesy NYCEDC

    The NYC Economic Development Corp. is planning to create a new bicycle and pedestrian path on Randall's Island under the Hell Gate Bridge. The path will eventually connect the island to the South Bronx Greenway, which is bringing bicycle access to the waterfront through a network of bike paths in SoBro. With so much hot air expelled over bike lanes in Brooklyn and Manhattan, it's nice to know the Bronx is getting some love, too! Of course, the virulently anti-cyclist editors at the NY Post took one look at this development and said, "Bikeway to hell!" But from what an NYCEDC spokesman told us, there's nothing hellish about it.

    Right now the only way to legally get to the island by bike is via the 103rd Street Pedestrian Bridge in Manhattan. But that bridge is closed during the winter months. (Also, it's currently being rehabilitated and won't open until at least mid-2011.) There are other pedestrian bridges, but they're technically for pedestrians only. Once complete, the Randall's Island bike network will bring the island closer to cyclists in the Bronx. The project is being funded by the city, with a budget TBD.

    Kyle Sklerov at the NYCEDC tells us, "The construction of new bike and pedestrian pathways will provide increased recreational opportunities and improved access to Randall’s Island. The pathways will provide visitors great opportunities to walk, jog, and cycle under the historic Hell Gate Bridge railroad trestle."

    http://gothamist.com/2011/01/31/rand..._to_connec.php

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    Awesome. And everyone's on the correct side .



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    Happy Birthday, Hell Gate Bridge

    by Mitch Waxman


    She’s 1,087 feet long, provides a very long island with a rail link to the continent, and was built as the New York Connecting Railroad Bridge. She was designed by Gustav Lindenthal, and is considered to be the most robustly designed structure in all of NYC. Famously, Discover Magazine once declared that she would outlive every other span in the harbor by nearly a thousand years.

    Modernity and common usage refers to her as the Hell Gate Bridge, and she lives in Astoria.

    She opened for business on this day in 1916, and today is her birthday.



    A rail bridge, she spans the Hell Gate section of the East River between Astoria, Randall’s Island, and the Bronx. There are four tracks up there, and she is operated and owned by Amtrak, although freight trains from CSX and others are regularly seen transiting through. Her approaches include just over three miles of elevated track which cut through Astoria and then across Randall’s, where a couple of smaller bridges are found (crossing Little Hell Gate and the Bronx Kill) whereupon it enters the South Bronx.

    There was more steel used in the Hell Gate Bridge construction than was used in the Queensboro and Manhattan Bridges combined, some 20,000 tons of metal.



    Considered a vital strategic asset of the United States, the Hell Gate Bridge and the rather explosive history of the waterway it crosses were discussed in a Brownstoner posting which was offered back in August – Hell Gate: A Bright Passage. The bridge was completed on September 30th, 1916, but didn’t open to traffic until April of 1917.

    The top of the arch of the Hell Gate Bridge is some 305 feet over the water.



    When she opened, she was the longest arch bridge in the world. The steel was manufactured in Pittsburgh by the Carnegie Steel Company.

    The bridge is painted in a color called “Hell Gate Red,” a pigment which has not exactly lived up to expectations. Nevertheless, the old girl is ninety seven today, and we should all look so good at her age.

    Happy Birthday, Hell Gate.

    http://queens.brownstoner.com/2013/0...l-gate-bridge/

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    That's red??!?

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    It looks like the bridge hasn't been repainted since it opened. Shame. Maybe they can give it a centennial gift in a few years.

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    New York Daily News
    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.1553284

    City project aims to make Randalls Island pedestrian friendly with new pathway

    Construction began Wednesday on a quarter-mile pathway that will offer streamlined pedestrian access to Randalls Island by 2015.

    BY JOEY SCARBOROUGH / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013, 5:01 PM



    Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to enjoy the quarter-mile pathway connecting the South Bronx to Randall's Island. The project is expected to be completed by early 2015.

    It's going to be a lot easier to walk and bike to Randalls Island.
    The city started construction Wednesday on new quarter-mile pathway to connect the South Bronx and the underused East River island, began construction Wednesday.
    The $6.9 million project will add a safe pathway that runs from 132nd St. in Port Morris to Randalls Island.


    The path, which will be finished in 2015, will run under the existing Amtrak trestle, and over the Bronx Kill to Randalls Island.
    The island counts 330 acres of recreational land including athletic fields, gardens, picnic areas and waterfront pathways, but they are not readily accessible by foot or bike despite the island’s proxmity to the South Bronx.
    “The Connector will provide a long-awaited direct link between the South Bronx and the hundreds of acres of parkland on Randalls Island,” said City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, whose district includes Randalls Island and the South Bronx.
    jscarborough@nydailynews.com




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