The Kosciuszko Bridge

March 21, 2008 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


I am certain a number of my fellow Greenpointers are relieved to learn that yesterday the State Siting Board unanimously voted against TGE’s proposal to build a power plant at Bushwick Inlet. What might have fallen under your radar, however, is the Kosciuszko Bridge was denied landmarking and its days are numbered. I cannot honestly say I am surprised by this development, but nonetheless I do feel a sense of loss. In honor of this much-maligned bridge I have pulled an article from the September 23, 1940 edition of New York Times about its naming. Here it is.

9/23/1940 NYT

Once this bridge is rendered into so much scrap metal its legacy will live on in the minds of many a movie enthusiast. Anyone familiar with the movie The Godfather will know exactly what I am talking about*.

Miss Heather

*This movie also features another ghost of Greenpoint’s past. Care to guess what it is? Click here for the reveal.


5 Comments on The Kosciuszko Bridge

  1. queens crapper on Fri, 21st Mar 2008 1:22 pm
  2. Miss Heather, thank you for providing the answer that we’ve been waiting to hear over on this side of the Polish pontoon and at Queens Crap!

  3. missheather on Fri, 21st Mar 2008 1:24 pm
  4. No problem. I am a little out of whack right now. Got a cold. Yuck.

  5. rheingold on Sat, 22nd Mar 2008 2:21 pm
  6. Both the bridge and the gas tanks certainly added to the solemnity of the Don’s burial scene. Before looking, I guessed that the Kosciuszko Bridge was the setting for the famous rubber-burning u-turn scene in The Godfather, but upon further review, it turns out to be the Queensboro Bridge.

    Back in the day, we East Flatbushites mispronounced the hallowed name as “koz-ee-AHZ-ko.

    It was Barzini all along…

  7. HannerHearse on Tue, 25th Mar 2008 5:32 pm
  8. That bridge is hazardous! That said, I think the replacement should still be named Kosciuszko.

  9. missheather on Tue, 25th Mar 2008 5:40 pm
  10. I am well aware that this bridge is in deplorable condition. I am still going to miss it, though. Another familiar (if to some ugly) face in the neighborhood gone.

    I agree that one of its replacement(s) should be named Kosciuszko.

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