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Happy Birthday, Kosciuszko Bridge

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

A virtual guarantee is offered that this is the only posting you will see today commemorating and wishing the Kosciuszko Bridge a happy 72nd birthday. Some 26,298 days ago, Robert Moses saw the first link in a crazy idea of his which would one day be called the “Brooklyn Queens Connecting Highway” open for business.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Meeker Avenue Bridge opened on August 23rd, 1939 (renamed in 1940 as The Kosciuszko Bridge) – some 631, 152 hours ago. It was promised to allow easy egress to the World’s Fair, and was a showpiece project for the Great Builder.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

From a Newtown Pentacle posting of December 8, 2010– in which the big K was described as thrice damned:

Damned Once- The Kosciuszko Bridge catches radio frequency emissions from several nearby commercial radio broadcast antennas. A lot of it.

Whatever knows fear burns at The Kosciuszko Bridge’s touch.

Damned Twice- The Kosciuszko Bridge is at extreme risk in the eventuality of a seismic event. The Brooklyn pier actually sits on the Creek bed, some 6 meters below grade, but the Queens side is anchored on piles driven into the mud. The hard soil around Queens Plaza will merely shake, but the land surrounding the Newtown Creek will liquify.

Damned Thrice- The Kosciuszko Bridge once had pedestrian walkways, but they were removed in 1961. Can you imagine what kind of photos would be possible on a pedestrian walkway 124 feet over the Newtown Creek?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Like many things and people who are 72 years old, the Kosciuszko Bridge is not long for this world. Why not raise a glass to it tonight, and acknowledge its long service to the City?

Click here for a sentimental slideshow of the old girl from the last couple of years

Written by Mitch Waxman

August 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

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  1. Funny you should mention a seismic event……


    August 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  2. Hey hey, I gave a birthday shout out to the Koz yesterday on the air! A few times, actually. I’ve gotta admit I was never a big fan of the aesthetics, but for functionality the Kosciusco above reproach (and the water still, after the earthquake, thankfully). I do recall liking the 4 designs the MTA were considering for the rebuild to begin next year. Do you know which on they finally went with?

    And I have to ask: how do YOU pronounce the name? It’s an ongoing source of heated debate here, between even longtime Brooklyn and Queens residents.

    Great pics – thanks for posting them all!


    August 24, 2011 at 7:08 am

  3. […] Fiery concatenation and syncopated horror haunt my steps whenever visting DUKBO. […]

  4. […] August 23rd, 2012 will be likely be the last birthday of the Kosciuszko Bridge. 40.762767 -73.915407 Rate this: Share this:StumbleUponDiggRedditTwitterFacebookEmailPrintTumblrLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

  5. […] boroughs, would have been right about the center of the Newtown Creek. Penny Bridge, of course, was replaced in 1939 by Robert Moses. Moses had to work around some pretty big land owners when building […]

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