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New York Bridges 8.1)
George Washington Bridge


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With the only bridge Manhattan is connecting with New Jersey I will end this series of New York City bridges. There are more interesting bridges and I do have more pictures of them, but it is time now to do something else.

To the bridge-haters I can say: No more bridges for some time.
To the bridge-lovers I will say: The George Washington Bridge won’t be my last bridge-post. More will follow in future. And not only NY-bridges. But not for the moment


The George Washington Bridge – known informally as the GW Bridge, the GWB, the GW, or the George is a double-decked suspension bridge spanning the Hudson River between the Washington Heights neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey.
As of 2015, the George Washington Bridge carries over 106 million vehicles per year, making it the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge.
Construction on the bridge began in October 1927 as a project of the Port of New York Authority.The bridge's chief engineer was Othmar Ammann, with Cass Gilbertas architect. Geologists made 300-foot (91 m) test bores on the New Jersey side to determine if the geological strata would support the bridge. When construction started, the estimated cost of the bridge was $75,000,000. It was expected
The bridge was dedicated on October 24, 1931, and opened to traffic the following day. The George Washington Bridge, with a span of 4,760 feet (1,450 m) in total – including a main span of 3,500 feet (1,100 m) – was the longest main bridge span in the world at the time. It held this title until the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937.


In popular culture
The landmark bridge is seen in many movies set in New York, mostly in establishing shots. The bridge is featured, along with the nearby Little Red Lighthouse, in Hildegarde Swift's 1942 children's book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. The bridge is also featured in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose, Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco, and Abraham Polonsky's Force of Evil. On Sesame Street, Ernie often sang the words "George Washington Bridge" to the tune ofSobre las Olas ("The Loveliest Night of the Year").
In the 1976 film Network, the character Max Schumacher (William Holden) tells a funny story to his friend Howard Beale (Peter Finch), in which the young Schumacher, who overslept for a news shoot about the new lower deck at the bridge, gets into a cab wearing a raincoat over his pajamas and tells the cabbie to: "Take me to the middle of the George Washington Bridge." The cabbie, concerned that Schumacher intended to jump from the bridge, turns around and begs him: "Don't do it buddy! You're a young man! You got your whole life ahead of you!" (Wikipedia)


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