Posted by Barb
on Thursday, November 7th 2019:
Naming bridges, parkways, etc. after politicians, sports figures, and wars has me confused because these public facilities used to be named after locations. E.g., Gil Hodges Bridge near Marine Park used to be the Marine Park Bridge; the Jackie Robinson Parkway was the Interborough Parkway connecting Brooklyn and Queens; the road-to-nowhere Richmond Parkway in Staten Island became the Korean War Veterans Parkway; the Hugh L Carey Tunnel used to be the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel under the East River from Brooklyn to the Battery in lower Manhattan; the Mario M Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson to Rockland County used to be the Tappan Zee, after a town in that county. The biggest protest before the replacement and re-naming of the Tappan Zee Bridge came when renaming the 59th Street Bridge (Queenboro Bridge) after Edward Koch. Any others?
Having grown up in the 20th century, all of the facilities were part of my brain map while driving around New York City. (Obviously, I'm an analog rather than a digital person.) Now it's double-think while I'm driving or giving out directions. I automatically connect to the old name. I guess it doesn't matter to newer residents who don't remember or newer driver who all have Global Positioning devices. (By the way, the Outerbridge Crossing, connecting southern Staten Island to New Jersey, was named after the builder George Outerbridge - not as I had always thought the outermost bridge in the City.) What do you think?
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