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NYguy Jan 25, 2008 2:32 AM

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Originally Posted by CoolCzech (Post 3306017)
New York's magnificent bridges are some of the most under-appreciated examples of architecture in the world.

I think the city's bridges are second (after the skyscrapers) on my list of things I like about New York. In fact, the bridges are probably a more visual connection for some because they are scattered over and around all boroughs.

CoolCzech Jan 27, 2008 11:56 PM

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Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 3306157)
I think the city's bridges are second (after the skyscrapers) on my list of things I like about New York. In fact, the bridges are probably a more visual connection for some because they are scattered over and around all boroughs.

Absolutely, NYguy. In their own way, they are as sublime as the ESB.

The Williamsburg Bridge:

http://www.makezine.org/billburgbridge.jpg
makezine.org

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...urg_Bridge.jpg
wikimedia.org

The Throgs Neck Bridge:

http://www.mta.info/mta/news/release...hrogs-Neck.jpg
(Metropolitan Transit Authority)

The Manhattan Bridge:

http://www.bookcase.com/~claudia/mt/archives/Bridge.jpg
bookcase.com/~claudia

http://cache.eb.com/eb/image?id=94262&rendTypeId=4
cache.eb.com

The Brooklyn Bridge:

http://themes.belchfire.net/screensh...lyn_bridge.jpg
belchfire.net

http://blueroof.files.wordpress.com/...lyn-bridge.png
blueroof.files.wordpress.com

http://scotthaefner.com/surface/gall...klynbridge.jpg
scotthaefner.com

The Queensboro Bridge:

http://www.rockphotography.co.uk/Por...oBridge_01.jpg
rockphotography.co.uk

http://www.kioskrealty.com/wp-conten...oro-bridge.gif
kioskrealty.com
(Magnificent!)

The Triborough Bridge:

http://www.richmangalleries.com/images/Triborough.jpg
richmangalleries.com

http://z.about.com/d/queens/1/7/-/5/...ugh_bridge.jpg
z.about.com

The Whitestone Bridge:

http://www.mta.info/mta/news/newsroo...-repair-lg.jpg
Metropolitan Transit Authority

http://www.darkgiftdesign.com/images...one-bridge.jpg
darkgiftdesign.com

The Verrazano Bridge:

http://blog.dr2ooo.com/wp-content/photos/bridge.jpg
blog.dr2ooo.com

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/im...ge-Posters.jpg
imagecache2.allposters.com

The George Washington Bridge:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/...annon.span.jpg
NYTimes.com

http://pictopia.com/perl/get_image?p...hoto_id=144723
pictopia.com


Per Wikipedia, Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) said of the George Washington Bridge:

"The George Washington Bridge over the Hudson is the most beautiful bridge in the world. Made of cables and steel beams, it gleams in the sky like a reversed arch. It is blessed. It is the only seat of grace in the disordered city. It is painted an aluminum color and, between water and sky, you see nothing but the bent cord supported by two steel towers. When your car moves up the ramp the two towers rise so high that it brings you happiness; their structure is so pure, so resolute, so regular that here, finally, steel architecture seems to laugh. The car reaches an unexpectedly wide apron; the second tower is very far away; innumerable vertical cables, gleaming against the sky, are suspended from the magisterial curve which swings down and then up. The rose-colored towers of New York appear, a vision whose harshness is mitigated by distance."

And then there are the Central Park masterpieces:

http://joebly.com/7-bow_bridge_side.jpg
joebly.com

http://joebly.com/7-Gothic_Bridge_Horse.jpg
joebly.com

http://joebly.com/7-Gapstow_Bridge_Snow.jpg
joebly.com

Dac150 Jan 27, 2008 11:59 PM

No other city has such a multitude of beautiful suspension bridges. The bridge aspect of New York alone puts it ahead of so many other cities.

NYguy Jan 28, 2008 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Dac150 (Post 3312013)
No other city has such a multitude of beautiful suspension bridges. The bridge aspect of New York alone puts it ahead of so many other cities.

I try to explain to people all the time that New York is really just a city of islands. It's held together by its subways and bridges. Of course, ferries help...:)

NYguy Jan 28, 2008 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by CoolCzech (Post 3312008)
The Verrazano Bridge:

http://blog.dr2ooo.com/wp-content/photos/bridge.jpg
blog.dr2ooo.com

Along with the GW, two of the best to look at...:tup:

Dac150 Jan 28, 2008 7:52 PM

I agree, nothing beats looking at the Verrazano from the Belt Parkway, or the GW from the Hutchinson River Pkwy (except the Brookyln Bridge going into Lower Manhattan).

CoolCzech Jan 28, 2008 9:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Dac150 (Post 3313650)
I agree, nothing beats looking at the Verrazano from the Belt Parkway, or the GW from the Hutchinson River Pkwy (except the Brookyln Bridge going into Lower Manhattan).


It IS the culmination of NYC bridge construction, chronologically and size wise. With all the NIMBY opposition to any development these days, it's hard to imagine anything like it will be built in the City again. Tunnels seem to be the way of the future.

http://www.destination360.com/north-...ano-bridge.jpg
destination360.com

JDRCRASH Jan 29, 2008 6:34 PM

All of the bridges in New York are so beautiful. I saw something on the History Channel a few months back on how controversial they were.

What's the name of the planner of most of them? Is it Verazzano?

H-man Jan 29, 2008 9:01 PM

othmar ammann designed many of the new york area bridges

pico44 Jan 29, 2008 9:49 PM

The more time I spend looking at Verazzano the more I love it. The Golden Gate certainly has a more attractive setting, but I don't think any bridge is as beautiful. It is the perfect modernist structure.

NYC2ATX Jan 29, 2008 9:51 PM

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Originally Posted by CoolCzech (Post 3246707)
Many businesses are on the same page. Last year, Starbucks signed a lease in the Empire State Building—whose revamp will include a new lobby, windows and elevators, and reconfigured floors to accommodate larger tenants—for what will be its biggest location in the city.

Wow. That's funny, and ridiculously awesome. The Empire State Building and Starbucks Coffee. The two biggest things in the city combine to create a super NewYork-splosion!! One can only imagine...



p.s. before all of you start attacking, I know that Starbucks originated in Seattle. however, you can't argue the major presence the coffee shops have in the city. Seattle, you have my gratitude for giving the world Starbucks Coffee.

pico44 Jan 29, 2008 9:59 PM

An oft forgotten New York Bridge:

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/1432/hgbsmuh7.jpg

NYC2ATX Jan 29, 2008 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by CoolCzech (Post 3312008)
Absolutely, NYguy. In their own way, they are as sublime as the ESB.

The Brooklyn Bridge:

http://themes.belchfire.net/screensh...lyn_bridge.jpg
belchfire.net

http://blueroof.files.wordpress.com/...lyn-bridge.png
blueroof.files.wordpress.com

http://scotthaefner.com/surface/gall...klynbridge.jpg
scotthaefner.com

The Verrazano Bridge:

http://blog.dr2ooo.com/wp-content/photos/bridge.jpg
blog.dr2ooo.com

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/im...ge-Posters.jpg
imagecache2.allposters.com

The George Washington Bridge:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/...annon.span.jpg
NYTimes.com

http://pictopia.com/perl/get_image?p...hoto_id=144723
pictopia.com


Per Wikipedia, Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) said of the George Washington Bridge:

"The George Washington Bridge over the Hudson is the most beautiful bridge in the world. Made of cables and steel beams, it gleams in the sky like a reversed arch. It is blessed. It is the only seat of grace in the disordered city. It is painted an aluminum color and, between water and sky, you see nothing but the bent cord supported by two steel towers. When your car moves up the ramp the two towers rise so high that it brings you happiness; their structure is so pure, so resolute, so regular that here, finally, steel architecture seems to laugh. The car reaches an unexpectedly wide apron; the second tower is very far away; innumerable vertical cables, gleaming against the sky, are suspended from the magisterial curve which swings down and then up. The rose-colored towers of New York appear, a vision whose harshness is mitigated by distance."

These are probably my three favorite bridges in New York. The Brooklyn Bridge because to me it is more the essence of New York than any other bridge in the city (tragically I had to see it destroyed twice this holiday season [I Am Legend, Cloverfield] ;) ); the Verrazano Bridge because it reminds me of home, gives New York a record to hold (longest suspension bridge in the U.S.), and serves as the city's gateway; finally the GW because it is simply gorgeous, an exhibit of the marvels of engineering and the achievement of mankind.

CoolCzech Jan 29, 2008 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by JDRCRASH (Post 3316369)
All of the bridges in New York are so beautiful. I saw something on the History Channel a few months back on how controversial they were.

What's the name of the planner of most of them? Is it Verazzano?

Giovanni da Verrazzano [1] (c. 1485 – c. 1528) was an Italian explorer of North America, in the service of the French crown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_da_Verrazzano

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...iVerrazano.jpg

scalziand Jan 29, 2008 11:52 PM

Robert Moses planned much of the transportation infrastructure of the city.

NYguy Jan 30, 2008 12:49 AM

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Originally Posted by StatenIslander237 (Post 3316836)
Wow. That's funny, and ridiculously awesome. The Empire State Building and Starbucks Coffee. The two biggest things in the city combine to create a super NewYork-splosion!! One can only imagine...

Now all they need to do is move in the Duane Reade from accross 34th Street, and create the city's largest Duane Reade, and the vision will be complete...;)

NYguy Jan 30, 2008 12:52 AM

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Originally Posted by pico44 (Post 3316860)
An oft forgotten New York Bridge:

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/1432/hgbsmuh7.jpg


That one is overlooked because its so close to the Triborough (another handsome bridge). The Triborough may or may not be renamed after Robert Kennedy.

Dac150 Jan 30, 2008 12:58 AM

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Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 3317328)
The Triborough may or may not be renamed after Robert Kennedy.

I heard about that, and to be honest (no disrespect to Kennedy), but I would prefer it to remain 'The Triborough Bridge'. The name of it after all reflects the purpose it serves.

Name a street after him.

NYC2ATX Jan 30, 2008 4:30 AM

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Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 3317318)
Now all they need to do is move in the Duane Reade from accross 34th Street, and create the city's largest Duane Reade, and the vision will be complete...;)

:haha: werd

NYguy Jan 30, 2008 1:57 PM

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Originally Posted by StatenIslander237 (Post 3317846)
:haha: werd

I'm serious...:)...I never leave home without my Duane Reade "rewards" card. You get a whole $5 dollars off for every $100 you spend, lol. Big bucks. But I also often stop by the Walgreens that's inside the Empire State, though I never really consider it to be inside.


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