Most New Yorkers have never crossed either of these beauties.
Hell Gate Bridge, which has connected Queens and Randalls/Wards Island since 1916, is used by railroads only.
High Bridge, built in 1848 and spanning the Harlem River between Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx, has been closed since 1970.
It’s supposed to reopen to pedestrians in 2014 after a lengthy renovation—fingers crossed!
In the meantime, there are ways to experience them up close though. To really absorb the loveliness of the Hell Gate, head to Astoria Park, particularly the enormous public pool there. The bridge looms large in the background.