November 21, 2004
Verrazano Narrows Bridge Turns 40Forty years ago today, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened.
There are various ways you can evaluate a bridge -- setting, length, design, symmetry. There is no doubt in my mind that the Verrazano Narrows Bridge remains the finest bridge ever built. The location is perfect, the proportions are ideal, the details of the design are flawless.
There are many pictures of the bridge on the web. Here's one at the official site. I like the MSN Search results better than Google's. But the most impressive thing is that they are all good. I have never seen a picture of this bridge where it doesn't look great.
At the opening ceremony of the bridge, there was much pomp and circumstance and honors directed at the designer, Othmar Ammann. However, the announcer famously neglected to mention his name. There is a story that Donald Trump was there with his father (he would have been 18 years old at the time) and was struck by the fact that Ammann had been the key figure in building the bridge, and yet his name was lost amidst the sea of publicity-grabbing dignitaries. And at that moment Trump supposedly made a vow to himself that his name would never be the one that was ignored.
Posted by AdamBa at November 21, 2004 10:14 AM
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