Lights, EarthCam®, and a Bit of Nostalgia

Here’s the view from Upper Grandview at 6 p.m., seen from the third EarthCam® construction camera that went live this afternoon:

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Nearly everyone, including me, has stories to share about the bridge — when it was built, when it first opened, childhood trips, teenage years, watching the water, exploring the structure, years between then and now. During my journalism career I’ve written about different aspects — toll increases; movable barriers; accidents and escapades; and local first responders’ thoughts.

Here’s the view from the marina in Tarrytown:

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and a few minutes later from the bridge’s main span:

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Returning from a trip upstate and, seeing the bridge, knowing we were home. The SUCO bus left Oneonta at 4 p.m., and arrived at the County Center at 8:30 p.m.; the Tappan Zee Bridge was in view by maybe 8:10 p.m. That was back in 1975-1976, and it was still very new. Did you remember when a horse-drawn train of covered wagons crossed it en route to Valley Forge, PA, for the bicentennial celebration?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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