Verrazano - Narrows Bridge

Verrazano - Narrows Bridge (HMEQX)

Location: Doylestown, NY 10305 Richmond County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 36.282', W 74° 3.308'

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"We found a pleasant place below steep little hills. And from among those hills a mighty deep-mouthed river ran into the sea." ? ? Giovanni da Verrazano, Italian explorer, 1524

Until the 1960s, the only way from Brooklyn to Staten Island was by water - first by Indian canoes, then boats and ferries. A railroad tunnel was started from Brooklyn in 1923, but never completed. Plans for a vehicular tunnel were studied in 1929 and 1942, but dropped. Finally, in 1946, the state of New York authorized a bridge to be built across the these Narrows.

Designed by Othmar Ammann, the bridge was started on August 13, 1959, by more than 1,000 workers. The "world's longest suspension bridge" when dedicated November 21, 1964, it was named for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano, who discovered these Narrows 440 years earlier. For Staten Island, this bridge marked the beginning of a change from a rural landscape to today's urban environment.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 3:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 579938 N 4495305
Decimal Degrees40.60470000, -74.05513333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 36.282', W 74° 3.308'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 36' 16.92" N, 74° 3' 18.48" W
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Area Code(s)718
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 251-305 Hudson Rd, Doylestown NY 10305, US
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