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SI Then: The Goethals Bridge

After the First World War, the U.S. was on the move.

With the new prosperity, wanderlust and mass-produced automobiles, the Goethals Bridge was built to accommodate interstate travel.

The bridge opened on June 29, 1928, the same day as the Outerbridge Crossing. Both were designed by John Alexander Low Waddell. This was the first successful bi-state development project by the then-new Port Authority. It sported two 10-foot-wide lanes in each direction.

The new bridge was named after Major General George W. Goethals. Construction supervisor of the Panama Canal and the first consulting engineer of the NY/NJ Port Authority, he died just three months before the bridge’s opening, which also would have been his 70th birthday.

The same month saw the establishment of the Port Authority Police. Its 40 original officers, known as Bridgemen, were deployed to patrol and protect both the Outerbridge and the Goethals bridges.

The Goethals did not recoup its original construction costs until 1964, when the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was completed.

This year, 3,566,101 EZpass equipped vehicles crossed over it between January and March.

It was finally closed this month when the first of two new parallel bridges opened to replace it. The second will open in 2018. Built higher and wider, they will accommodate more traffic and larger ships passing under them.

Until it is finally dismantled, the original Goethals is truly now only a bridge to the past.

As of July 4th, 2017, the original Goethals Bridge is closed for good, and the first of the new parallel bridges has been officially opened. What name, if any, will be given to them, remains to be seen.


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Exhibit on Affordable Housing 1926 to Today opens At Hunter East Harlem Gallery (from Untapped Cities)

by AFine Lyne

With affordable housing high on the agenda of the de Blasio administration, and on the minds of New Yorkers, Hunter East Harlem Gallery is exploring this highly charged topic from its inception to present day, with the new exhibit “Affordable Housing in New York.” The exhibit is located in East Harlem’s El Barrio, a neighborhood sure to be impacted by the administrations decisions, since it is among the first seven neighborhoods that Mayor de Blasio hopes to rezone. The timeline in the exhibit, which is broken down into six sections beginning in 1926, documents not just the architecture and politics, but also the people who live there and have called these houses home for decades.  The exhibit hopes to not only explore the past 100 years of affordable housing, but also to inspire creative solutions for the future. …

“Affordable Housing in New York” will be on view at Hunter East Harlem, 2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street, through May 15. It is curated by Matthew Gordon Lasner, Hunter College, Matthias Altwicker, New York Institute of Technology, and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, New York Institute of Technology. In addition to the gallery exhibit, there will be a series of related talks based on the companion book Affordable Housing in New York and a series of walking tours, visiting many of the historic affordable houses featured in the gallery.

Just nearby at the Museum of the City of New York is another excellent exhibit on affordable housing, Affordable Housing: A New York Legacy.

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The Renwick

“Celebrating its grand opening in fall 2015, The Renwick Hotel in Midtown East offers high-end amenities in a historic setting.

Designed by St. Patrick’s Cathedral architect John Renwick in 1928, the original building housed artists’ studios and apartments that hosted John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Now, the newly opened hotel calls up that literary history with artist-inspired accommodations featuring easels, origami kits, hand-painted window dressings and stools, and quotes from its famous former residents.

Residential-style suites look and feel like private apartments, with original hardwood flooring and plush velvet couches in the separate living area. In-room amenities include Brooklyn-based Apotheke toiletries, complimentary bottled water and legendary novels to read. All guests can take advantage of a business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, and passes to a local NYC gym.

Scheduled to open at the end of 2015, the onsite restaurant Bedford & Co will feature elevated comfort food such as chicken pot pie and truffle mac and cheese. Room service will also be provided by Bedford & Co.

Stepping outside the hotel’s door on East 40th Street, guests find themselves a three-minute walk to Grand Central Terminal (including the 4, 5, 6, 7 and Shuttle trains) or five minutes from the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue. The Empire State Building is a 10-minute stroll away. ” from TravelZoo, which announces its grand opening and some lower room rates for the occasion.

118 East 40th Street
New York, NY, 10016
United States…

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