Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Bridges of Kings County

The Brooklyn Bridge is the queen of New York City bridges, and for good reason.

You can see one of the most beautiful sights in the entire city for a $2 subway fare-- ride the train across the nearby Manhattan Bridge at sunset and watch the reds, yellows and pinks reflect against the Brooklyn Bridge and the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan, with the Statue of Liberty gleaming in the distance.

But my second favorite bridge is closer to home: the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. It connects the Bay Ridge/Fort Hamilton neighborhoods (and Brooklyn in general) to Staten Island. The Shore Road Promenade is about a 15 minute walk from our apartment and runs along the bay and under the bridge.

Paul regularly uses the promenade to train for the marathon, and we'll often take a walk along the water together. We also have taken many of our guests there. You get a great view of the Verrazano in one direction and lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty in the other direction.

Needless to say, I've taken many a photo of the bridge. I've posted a few, but not all. Here's a collection of the best:

Shore Road Promenade, with the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the background.

Underneath the bridge.

The bridge at sunset.

A little bit closer ...

And even closer.


  1. Beautiful. Have you ever read "The Power Broker" by Robert A. Caro? Sidlo gave me a copy way back when. Probably the longest book I've ever read, but worth it. It describes in detail the mastermind behind many of New York City's bridges and highways. All sorts of messy politics were involved in getting them all built.



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