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Some more shots from The Queensboro Centennial

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Sorry, the 2nd part of “Long Island City” is on the way- its just a BIG subject, and I’ll be talking about a few things that need some CAREFUL researching. I’ll have it done fairly soon. 

Here’s what I was doing on the 31st of May, 2009.

 Long Island City

Long Island City From the Queensboro bridge, stitched panorama – Photo by Mitch Waxman

As I mentioned in an earlier post on the subject, the Bridge Centennial Commission asked me to help out on Dave Frieder’s walking tour of the Queensboro Bridge. Here’s some highlights- (check out the money HDR pic a few posts down, by the way). I mainly carried Dave’s camera bag and kept us moving to the podium on schedule. 

 
Tour with Dave Frieder 05

Dave Frieder on the Queensboro bridge- Photo by Mitch Waxman

The tour I assisted with was led by Dave “the Bridge Man” Frieder. He is an ironman photographer who routinely and legally climbs the bridges of New York (and beyond) to take some of the most white knuckled (and gorgeously composed) photos you will ever see. check him out at www.davefrieder.com

The Band plays fanfare 1

The United States Merchant Marine Academy Marching Band- Photo by Mitch Waxman

And Mayor Mike Bloomberg appears.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg arrives- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Podium candid 1

Mayor Mike Bloomberg kibbitzes with “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz and DOT Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Podium candid 3

Mayor Mike Bloomberg kibbitzes with “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz and DOT Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Francesca Lindenthal Gebhardt 

Francesca Lindenthal Gebhardt, daughter of Gustav Lindenthal meets Mayor Mike Bloomberg- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Mike Bloomberg speaks 5

Mayor Mike Bloomberg asks crowd “how are you feeling here on the Queensboro bridge?, says “I‘m feeling groovy“. Ceremonies begin- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Helen Marshall speaks 3

Ceremonies, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall speaks- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Vintage Auto 2

One of the classic cars in the parade- Photo by Mitch Waxman

A marching band ready to rock

Determined and ready to ROCK- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Crowd 5

Ceremonies, crowd and press watching- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Long shot on podium

Mayor Mike Bloomberg, “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz, DOT Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer- Photo by Mitch Waxman

More crowd

Crowd watches ceremony- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Marching band

Marching band- Photo by Mitch Waxman

FDNY Fireboat

New York Fire Department Fireboat arrives and performs- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Parade ending

Parade ends, heading back to Queens, thinking about George Romero or maybe Lucio Fulci- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Up in the steel again 2

Up in the Steel- Photo by Mitch Waxman

Dichotomies

Modern shiny Long Island City of the future from old crappy Long Island City of the past- Photo by Mitch Waxman

The view

View from the Queens-bound ramp on the Queensboro bridge- Photo by Mitch Waxman

1919 Dodge

Another one of the classic cars in the parade- Photo by Mitch Waxman

LIC and Manhattan

View from the Queens-bound ramp on the Queensboro bridge- Stitched Panorama by Mitch Waxman

Queensboro at Night 03

Sunset view from Ravenswood, from a roof party at the new Ravel Hotel- Photo by Mitch Waxman

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 9, 2009 at 4:04 am

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  1. […] from the sumptuous hedonism of the newly opened Ravel Hotel, and next door to the venerable and recently feted span of the Queensboro Bridge. It was landmarked in […]

  2. […] been involved with the Queensboro Centennial at the start of the summer, when I was asked to help out, I jumped at the chance and suddenly- I […]

  3. […] similar experience was had at Queensboro Bridge, several months ago, and upon the many Working Harbor Committee voyages I attended over the summer […]

  4. […] walks, through the soot choked brutalities of northwestern Queens, along the East River. Above, Queensboro thunders away , thrumming out ultrasonic scalar waves in the manner of some vast steel cello, with […]

  5. […] Queensboro, whose steel has cantilevered the flow of traffic to the shining city from the fabled vastness of the Long Island since 1909, is merely the focal point of a polyglot mechanism whose works spread into the east. The backbone of New York City runs through the marshy hillocks of western Queens. […]

  6. […] Great Machine, visible from the high deck of the Queensboro Bridge, beckons your humble narrator to scuttle home before it begins to get […]

  7. I love Lucio Fulci. He is the true Italian horror maestro. My favorite film is Gates of Hell aka City of the Living Dead. I love it when the chick pukes up her entrails. Gore horror never gets old.

    Lucy Ann Heywood

    April 5, 2010 at 2:05 am

  8. […] from the sumptuous hedonism of the newly opened Ravel Hotel, and next door to the venerable and recently feted span of the Queensboro Bridge. It was landmarked in […]

  9. […] from the sumptuous hedonism of the newly opened Ravel Hotel, and next door to the venerable and recently feted span of the centuried Queensboro […]


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