2016-03-02 / Front Page

Bridge Needs A Facelift


U.S. Reps. Joe Crowley and Carolyn Maloney, along with state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and Councilman Costa Constantinides are urging Amtrak to repaint the Hell Gate Bridge ahead of its 100th anniversary this September. 
Photo Vinny DuPre U.S. Reps. Joe Crowley and Carolyn Maloney, along with state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, and Councilman Costa Constantinides are urging Amtrak to repaint the Hell Gate Bridge ahead of its 100th anniversary this September. Photo Vinny DuPre U.S. Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens), along with state Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), and Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), announced on February 25 they sent a letter to Amtrak calling on the agency to repaint the Hell Gate Bridge which will celebrate its centennial in September.

“…despite its superior design and historic significance, the Hell Gate Bridge has been allowed to take on an unbecoming appearance. As you are surely aware, the bridge has not been repainted since the 1990s, and stands today covered in a patchwork of pink, beige, and brown. Given the significance of this year in the history of the bridge, and Queens’ burgeoning identity as a premier tourist destination, we believe that the time is right to turn Hell Gate into another jewel adorning New York City’s waterfront,” wrote the officials in a letter addressed to Amtrak President Joseph Boardman.

The bridge’s cultural, historical, and architectural significance extends onto the international stage, having served as the inspiration for the famed Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. Designed by Gustav Lindenthal and Henry Hornbostel, Hell Gate is widely regarded as the most durable of New York City’s bridges and is projected to last over 1,000 years.

“A fresh, uniform coat of paint is long overdue, and would go a great way toward ensuring that this important structure does not fall into further disrepair,” explained the lawmakers.

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