Manhattan’s other Washington Bridge

It predates the George Washington Bridge by 43 years and has a simple beauty all its own.

Still, the tiny Washington Bridge—connecting 181st Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights to University Avenue in the Bronx—is like a neglected kid brother to the enormous and iconic GWB.


This is the Washington Bridge circa 1907. The Harlem River looks like a country brook. The “Speedway” referred to in the postcard was the Harlem River Speedway, a three-mile road for racing horses and carriages. It eventually became today’s Harlem River Drive.

Here’s another view of the Speedway.

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4 Responses to “Manhattan’s other Washington Bridge”

  1. Rob Brown Says:

    I have a picture of my father that was taken in 1942 with the Washington Bridge in the background, he was home from Air Cadet Training from the Army Aircorps WW2. He live on W187St. NYC. He was a Lt. in the 8th Army Aircorps. Very cool to find out where exactly it was taken.

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