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100th Birthday Festivities Announced for Six NYC Bridges

<p>Construction began on the Manhattan Bridge on October 1, 1901, and the bridge was finally opened to traffic on December 31, 1909. It was the last of the three suspension bridges built across the lower East River, following the Brooklyn and the Williamsburg bridges. It’s 6,855 feet long, with 3224 feet long suspension cables. In <em>Cloverfield</em>, the more popular Brooklyn Bridge was felled by a monster, while the Manhattan Bridge lived to tell the tale. </p>


<p>The Borden Avenue Bridge in Sunnyside, Queens turned 100 on March 25th. <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bridges/borden.shtml ">According to the DOT</a>, the general appearance of the bridge remains the same as when it was first opened in 1908, at a cost of $157,606. Along with the Carroll Street Bridge, this is the only other retractile type moveable bridge left in New York City. Character-defining features of this one include the stucco-clad operator's house, four pairs of rails, and a rock-faced stone retaining wall. The gable-on-hip roof of the operator's house retains the original clay tile at the upper part. </p>


<p>Also known as the 59th Street Bridge, the Queensboro Bridge celebrated 100 years on March 31st. This cantilever bridge over the East River was the first to connect Queens with Manhattan. In <em>The Great Gatsby</em>, Fitzgerald wrote, “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” The bridge also had a seductive cameo in Woody Allen’s <em>Manhattan.</em></p>



<p>The Pelham Bay Bridge is a double leaf bascule type bridge over the Hutchinson River in the Bronx that opened on October 15, 1908. It carries four lanes of traffic, two in each direction. According to the DOT it’s by far the busiest City owned drawbridge. Suck it, Pulaski!</p>


<a href="http://www.nycroads.com/crossings/madison-avenue/ ">The new Madison Avenue Bridge</a> opened to traffic on July 18, 1910. over the Harlem River linking Manhattan and the Bronx, New York City. Trolley service over the Madison Avenue Bridge came to an end when the Metropolitan Street Railway Company declined to apply for a permit to cross the new bridge. The company refused the steep new terms: five percent of the gross earnings of the line.


<a href="http://home2.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bridges/207th.shtml">The University Heights Bridge</a> spans the Harlem River from West 207th Street in Inwood to West Fordham Road in the University Heights section of the Bronx. The current bridge opened on January 8, 1908 and cost $1,182,782; as the old Broadway Bridge was being replaced, it was floated downstream and recycled as the University Heights Bridge, which became the first "green" bridge! The swing span was replaced by a new one in 1992.