Manhattan Bridge

Exhuming James Bond’s Runaway Car Scene on the FDR [VIDEO]

Posted May 24, 2017 at 5:10 am

Yesterday, actor Sir Roger Moore passed away at the age of 89. He portrayed a more humorous James Bond in a record-setting seven franchise films. He died in Switzerland after “a short but brave battle with cancer,” according to tweets from the family. So, we thought it appropriate to revisit the scene from Live and […]

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Did You Know that NYC has its Own Naval Militia? [HISTORY]

Posted February 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

Ever heard of the New York Naval Militia? I hadn’t, but now that I have, why not share? From their website: The New York Naval Militia was organized as a Provisional Naval Battalion in 1889 and was formally mustered into State service as the First Battalion, Naval Reserve Artillery, on 23 June 1891. Today, the New […]

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City Finally Breaks Ground on Chrystie Street 2-Way Bike Lane

Posted September 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

Baby steps notwithstanding, the highly anticipated two-way bike lane on Chrystie Street is now underway. Herewith, an update. Groundbreak commenced just before the holiday weekend in the intersection of Canal Street, where contractors are remodeling the median strip. Upon completion, it’ll be situated ten feet to the west in order to accommodate the new bike route. […]

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At 14 Stories, Extell’s LES Tower is Taller than the Manhattan Bridge Roadbed

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:41 pm

It finally happened, alas. Extell’s behemoth tower on the Lower East Side waterfront – One Manhattan Square – just reached its first major milestone. Despite the apparent financial woes. As of this week, the superstructure currently sits at approximately fourteen stories, handily surpassing the Manhattan Bridge roadbed. We took a trip mid-span to verify. What’s clear is that […]

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Long-Delayed Manhattan Bridge Traffic Safety Upgrades Nearly Complete

Posted August 4, 2016 at 5:08 am

Let’s take a look at some of the safety upgrades underway on the Bowery at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge. There is finally some progress to report. Until earlier this spring, the multi-pronged safety plan had been stagnating, severely delayed by as much as six months. Even though the Department of Transportation already implemented […]

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Extell Releases Bonkers Video Showing 80-Story Tower in LES Skyline [VIDEO]

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm

What’s better than an architectural rendering of a Lower East Side eyesore? An animation of the changed skyline, of course. That’s precisely what Extell Development Corporation has assembled to extoll the virtues of its One Manhattan Square development, and the lesser-pimped affordable building adjacent. Take a look at the edited drone visualization, which illustrates the sheer […]

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Manhattan Bridge Safety Upgrades Finally Begin, Six Months Later Than Target Date

Posted May 9, 2016 at 5:00 am

Better late than never. The Manhattan Bridge impasse finally concluded over the weekend. Down at the Manhattan Bridge approach, progress on the multi-pronged safety plan had been severely delayed. More than six months, in fact. Even though the Department of Transportation already implemented the first component back in August – the span’s lower roadway is […]

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Manhattan Bridge ‘Necklace Lighting’ is Back on Schedule

Posted March 11, 2016 at 5:10 am

Shortly after our report last week on the early termination of “Necklace Lighting” spanning the Manhattan Bridge, the Department of Transportation apparently turned the power back on. Suspension cabling along the East River crossings are dotted with LED bulbs that activate nightly, and are retired by 1am. However, for the previous month or so, the […]

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‘Necklace Lighting’ on the Manhattan Bridge Going Dark Earlier Than Normal

Posted March 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

These days, lights out for the Manhattan Bridge is earlier than its likeminded East River brethren. “Necklace lighting,” in the urban parlance, is supposed to stay alight from dusk through 1am each night. Recently, however, the Manhattan Bridge has been given an earlier bedtime, so to speak. An eagle-eyed reader pointed out that, for the last […]

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Revisiting the Shantytown ‘Hill’ of the Manhattan Bridge Approach

Posted January 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

Grandiose visions are currently in play for the offset northern section of the Manhattan Bridge approach.  The small wedge of property that serves the sole purpose of providing a bike lane for inter-borough commuters is being converted into the Forsyth Street Plaza, a capital works project bringing amenities like table seating, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, new trees, and […]

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