Streetfilms: The Queensboro Bridge Turns 100

New York celebrated the 100th birthday of the Queensboro Bridge yesterday, and Clarence Eckerson was on hand to document the occasion for Streetfilms. As pointed out in the vid by "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz, back in 1909 drivers paid 10 cents to cross the Q’boro — or $4.66 for a round trip in today’s dollars. Motorists were accustomed to using the bridge for free by the 1980s, even as it was falling apart, and now pay less than the three pennies it once cost to ride across on horseback.

Even so, with today’s bankruptcy filing by General Motors, the Queensboro has held up better than two of the Big Three.

  • SCL

    Happy B-Day – nice to the see the bridge get some well-deserved respect!

  • I love this bridge!

    I’d also love to see the tolls there again and to see this spectacular upper deck open for pedestrians and cyclists in a form of public space / a park!

  • I also love this bridge. It’s long been my favorite NYC bridge, mainly because of its looks. Its half-transparentness, because of its lattice structure, makes it compliment the surroundings at any angle, as does its light color, which is a nice contrast to most of its surroundings. Perhaps most of all, its asymmetrical but still geometric shape is beautiful. Forgive me if my terminology is all wrong.

    Hey! I remember some years ago TA was trying to get the City to scrap the hideous chain-link fence that covers the bike path, and the City (specifically, the Weinshall DOT, I think) said no. Maybe that’s another thing that will have a better shot under JSK, and so maybe its time to re-try that goal?

  • Matthew Roth

    Ok, I’ll give Sam Schwartz the 2109 bicentennial thing (because I’m a pessiminst), but we sure as hell better not be celebrating a bridge for cars in 3009. That would super depressing.

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