The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is turning 45

Best known for its supporting role in Saturday Night Fever, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge has been linking Brooklyn to Staten Island since November 1964. Below, a sketch of the bridge drawn before construction began:

verrazanosketch

Okay, so it doesn’t have the cache of the George Washington or Brooklyn Bridges. But the Verrazano can hold its own.

verrazanobridge

Until 1981 it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. One end is at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, the other at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island; these two forts are the historic guards of New York Harbor. And after the bridge was built, Staten Island’s population doubled.

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5 Responses to “The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is turning 45”

  1. sparky Says:

    No reason to celebrate. Moses destroyed Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton and much of SI with this monster. Now it’s an unattractive truck route to LI. Too bad we can’t take it down.

  2. Kithcen Design Says:

    I don’t understand the previous comment, why are you hating so much on the bridge, if it weren’t for the Verrazano you staten islanders would have to take the ferry in the city, or go through jersey! Please you are ridiculous for hating on it!

  3. gimelgort Says:

    “…Okay, so it doesn’t have the cache of the George Washington or Brooklyn Bridges. “… I think you mean “cachet”

  4. Doug Douglass Says:

    In October 2018, Governor Cuomo officially changed the name to the original spelling with two “z’s,” Verrazzano.

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