Verrazano BridgeSpans the Hudson River Narrows.
The city's youngest bridge, and the hemisphere's longest, spans New York Harbor from Bay Ridge to Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island's eastern shore. The public works genius Robert Moses was 75, and the master bridge designer Othmar Ammann 85, when the Verrazano-Narrows opened in 1964.
Original plans called for a bike-pedestrian path on either side of the bridge, similar to the George Washington Bridge configuration. Rumor has it that fears of suicidal leaps from the then-world's-longest bridge led Moses to veto the pathways. However, because the bridge was designed for them, a set of twin pedestrian and bike paths would be a relatively easy addition, even today.
Currently there is no way to cross the Verrazano under one's own power, no opportunity to stop and savor the kaleidoscope of city, sea and sky. There are two brief notable car-free exceptions: the annual 5-Boro Bike Tour allows bikes on the lower level, Staten Island-bound, and the NYC Marathon allows runners the top and lower level, Brooklyn-bound.
This bridge is the only direct link between Brooklyn and Staten Island. Currently, the only alternative is the Staten Island Ferry, which links Staten Island with Manhattan. Rumors occasionally surface of people successfully bringing bicycles onto the S79 bus, whether concealed in a bag or carried in plain sight. T.A. does not recommend this practice.
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge by the Numbers:
Reports and Studies on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge:
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