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VERRAZANO-NARROWS BRIDGE

Construction completed in 1964

The  VERRAZANO-NARROWS BRIDGE (1964) spans New York Harbor connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn and Staten Island.  The bridge extends 7,200 feet and has a 4,620 foot center span (in comparison to 4,200 for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco).  Named in honor of  the explorer, Giovanni da Verrazano -- who became the first European explorer to sail into the waters of the New York Harbor, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world until the building of the building of the Humber Bridge in 1981 in East Yorkshire, England.  The double-decked bridge, built by Othmar H. Ammann, is a six-lane-wide roadway.   The amount of steel used in the construction of this bridge was 188,000 tons which is three times the amount used in building the Empire State Building.  The Brooklyn end of the bridge is at Fort Hamilton and the Staten Island end at Fort Wadsworth.  This photo -- taken from afar -- does not adequately capture the true beauty of the bridge.

In April 2008 city maintenance workers began replacing the 262 "necklace" lights on the bridge with energy-saving light-emitting diode bulbs.  Each light weights 20 pounds and now the bridge is environmentally green!



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