The Bridges of New York County
Saturday, May 24, 2008 (Memorial Day weekend)
Do you believe the height of romance is a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge on a warm summer evening? Does it anger you that the grace and elegance of the Manhattan Bridge are so often overshadowed by its showy neighbor to the south? Do you consider the hulking trapezoidal clunkiness of the Williamsburg Bridge a testament to function or just an eyesore? Have you found the Queensboro Bridge an acquired taste, your mind now perceiving splendidly intertwined symmetries where once there was only a garish mass of steel? Don't those lift bridges to Roosevelt Island and Ward's Island seem a bit eerie, as if they're just waiting to strand you on those forsaken lands of asylums, prisons, and graveyards? Is the Triborough Bridge New York's answer to the Four Corners of the Southwest? Do you admire the silent strength of the workhorse Harlem River crossings, who carry traffic across their sturdy backs day after day with nary a word of gratitude from the city they so steadfastly serve? What's more impressive about the George Washington Bridge: the seductive open latticework of its shapely towers or the courage it exhibits as the only one of the city's bridges bold enough to span the mighty Hudson?
Whatever your opinions on these bridges, no one's going to be able to argue with you once you've personally strode across every last one of them. You will be Lord of the Bridges, and you will suffer no fools.
We'll start at 7:30 Saturday morning in Fort Lee, NJ (Directions to the starting line) and cross the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan. From there, we'll work our way clockwise around Manhattan until we hit the Brooklyn Bridge, finishing up at City Hall sometime Saturday night.
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List of bridges
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