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NYC’s Must See Bridges

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by admin

The bridges of New York City stand as landmarks for the city’s parks and waterfronts, creating a unique way to experience NYC’s great outdoors. Whether running, relaxing, or getting a great photo from your business trip, we know where to find the most stunning views of these majestic works of engineering.

Whether designated primarily for traffic or pedestrians, the following bridges are all strikingly beautiful, so whether you are on a business trip, a family vacation or just a local you must see them.

The Hell Gate

Some say this bridge most resembles Australia’s Sydney Harbor Bridge. In fact, the Hell Gate Bridge was the inspiration for the design of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, which opened 15 years after the Hell Gate Bridge first opened in 1917. When it opened, the Hell Gate Bridge was the world’s longest steel arch bridge at 1,017 feet. It stretches across the “Hellegat”, a channel so named by Dutch sailors for the treacherous currents at this turn in the East River. Painted a deep red, the Hell Gate Bridge draws the eye with its smooth arch between two sturdy towers.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects Brooklyn to Staten Island in New York City. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is the only bridge on our list that doesn’t connect to Manhattan. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects the Fort Hamilton neighborhood in Brooklyn to the New York borough Staten Island, and is known for being the starting point of the New York Marathon. The bridge was named after Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first European to enter the New York Harbor, and after the Narrows, the body of water that the bridge spans. The New York Harbor and Upper Bay lie north of the Narrows, and the Lower Bay and North Atlantic Ocean lie to the south.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was opened in 1964, and an upper level was added in 1969 making it a double-decked suspension bridge. The bridge’s central span is 4,260 feet (1,298 meters) long, meaning it’s even longer than the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. In fact, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge has the longest bridge span in the Americas! Unfortunately, the bridge doesn’t have a pedestrian or bike path (yet). You can enjoy the views from the bridge from a car!

Manhattan Bridge

The Manhattan Bridge towers the East River in between the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges. The bridge carries motorists and the N, Q, B, and D subway lines, as well as pedestrian and bicycle lanes. The bridge, which opened on New Year’s Eve in 1909, was designed by the same person (Leon Moisseiff) who assisted in designing the George Washington and Robert F. Kennedy Bridges.

To celebrate the beauty of the city, the Manhattan Bridge Archway was completed in 1915; it was declared a landmark in 1975.

Brooklyn Bridge

Since it first opened—right before Memorial Day Weekend in 1883—the Brooklyn Bridge has remained, to this day, the most iconic of New York’s 1,145 bridges. At the time it was built, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world with a main span of 1,595 feet. It reaches across the East River and connects Manhattan’s southern end to Brooklyn’s west side.

Construction started in 1869 under the design of John Augustus Roebling, who injured his foot on site and died afterward from a tetanus infection. His son, Washington Roebling, succeeded his father, but when affected by decompression sickness, Washington’s wife, Emily Warren Roebling, served as a go-between for her husband and the workers.

Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

Officially renamed for former New York City mayor Ed Koch in 2011, the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge connects Long Island City to Manhattan, crossing the East River and Roosevelt Island. The bridge opened on March 30, 1909, and it was originally known as the Blackwell’s Island Bridge. In 2009, the bridge was celebrated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Walk across the bridge and check out the amazing architectural work above you.

George Washington Bridge

The George Washington Bridge lights up at nighttime. The last bridge but only on our list, is located on the west side of Manhattan, and connects New York City to New Jersey: The George Washington Bridge. This suspension bridge crosses the Hudson River, and has a total length of 4,760 feet (1,450 meters). It starts at the Washington Heights neighborhood in Upper Manhattan and ends in the New Jersey borough of Fort Lee. The George Washington Bridge was opened in 1931. The elegant suspension bridge has room for 14 lanes, and also features a separate bike and pedestrian walk. From the bridge’s high pedestrian walk you’ll witness amazing views of Manhattan, New Jersey and the Hudson River.

Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty, New York is one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world. If you want to visit its attractions, we recommend you book a limousine. This way you will avoid the problems that could appear when driving in a city like New York. Forget about finding parking places or annoying chauffeurs, you will be driven in a luxurious, relaxing and stress-free manner.

Our limo service NYC fleet covers even the most demanding requests. Our well-trained chauffeurs will assure that you will arrive at your destination in a safe, hassle-free manner.

Our 28+ years of experience are a guarantee that you will receive the best possible treatment. Call MTC Limousine today and enjoy the best limo service NYC has to offer.

 

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