Friday, January 30, 2009

Looking At The Sky On Friday: Dah Bridge

When it opened in 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the world's longest suspension span. The ends of the bridge are at historic Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, both of which guarded New York Harbor at the Narrows for over a century. The bridge was named after Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor.

Located at the mouth of upper New York Bay, the bridge not only connects Brooklyn with Staten Island but is also a major link in the interstate highway system, providing the shortest route between the middle Atlantic states and Long Island.

In Brooklyn, the bridge connects to the Belt Parkway and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and to the largely residential community of Bay Ridge. On Staten Island, which saw rapid development after the bridge opened in 1964, it joins the Staten Island Expressway, providing access to the many communities in this most rural of the city's five boroughs.

All of that came from NY State's Transit site and is true. But the real purpose of the bridge is so that we can all get to Sunday gravy faster.

Isn't she beautiful ...





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18 comments:

Looking at the Sky on Friday said...

Oh, it is beautiful. Not only did we get some great photos, but a wonderful bunch of background information to go along with them. Thanks for sharing. It's true what "they" say, ya know, about learning something every day. :)

Happy Friday,
Tisha

Daryl said...

Wonderful angle/perspective!

Raven said...

One of my very favorite bridges (and I love bridges)... beautifully photographed. I especially like that first shot.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! Great photos!

Mamapippa said...

Nice shots !
Have a happy weekend !

ellen b said...

I love bridges. You got some great shots of it...
Happy weekend to you !

maryt/theteach said...

So where were you going Dianne for Sunday gravy (we call it "sauce")? What part of Brooklyn? :)

maryt/theteach said...

Oh, forgot to say I'm back from FLA, Dianne!

Dianne said...

tisha - I love learning something new, blogging is good for that :)

daryl - wow!! thanks!

raven - she's a good old bridge :)

sonia - thanks :)

mamapippa - thanks :)

ellen - bridges are magical to me

mary - it's usually either Bay Ridge or Bensonhurst
welcome back :)

Cherie said...

I could have sworn that I commented on this morning. I guess that's what I get for swearing. LOL Love all the antennas showing on top of the third shot. They're EVERYWHERE! :) (I've got some news on my blog if you want to check it out.)

magiceye said...

beautiful and interesting too!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Nice shot and is this a take off of Sky Watch Friday? Just wondering? Might have to join this one the other is getting too big

Sandra Carvalho said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures!
I love the details on the top of the bridge!
Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Bridges are wonderful for cutting down the distance from here to there, aren't they? Looks like the sun is hiding there - just as it is here.

Dianne said...

cherie - good old NY - even our skies are congested with signals ;)

magiceye - thanks :)

lilli - it is an alternative to SkyWatch, yes. You can read how and why it was started over at the link.
I only did Skywatch a few times - it was all just too much - way too big and impersonal

sandra - I didn't even realize how my antennaes were up there til Cherie mentioned it

EG - it was one of those the sun comes in and out kind of days :)

Carver said...

Very interesting post and a beautiful bridge.

storyteller said...

I enjoyed the information you shared about this bridge and the photos too!
Hugs and blessings,

Dianne said...

carver - thanks, glad you liked the post

storyteller - thanks :)