Fun in the Sun: Belvederes/Viewing Areas

Sunglasses? Check. Hat? Check. Tanning lotion? Maybe. Cool temps, sunny day, nice breeze . . . perfect weather for a stroll on the new bridge.

I’d appreciate if each of the six belvederes/viewing areas had a back and at least one side; a gentle breeze in the street might be a stronger gust on the bridge.

Tides of Tarrytown

And protection from sun glare and wind would be helpful when reading the cultural information to be posted at each area.

Painters Point

One person in the Westchester audience asked Brian Conybeare and the panel of project officials if they’d ever walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s a fun trek with spectacular views that I’ve walked at dusk.

The Brooklyn Bridge is free to the roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians crossing it daily./Courtesy of Claude Scales

The Brooklyn Bridge is free to the roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians crossing it daily./Courtesy of Claude Scales

While we each have our own heat and sun tolerance levels, I hope those who are incorporating safety for motorists on the new bridge also consider those who will enjoy it via the shared use path.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

2 comments so far

  1. Susan on

    The firt thought that repeatedly omes to mind ,knowing the bridge history, is are they going to raise the fences and cage the walkway? How many jumpers have we had that necessitated protection measures and suicide signs on the old span?


    • nykeypad on

      Thanks for reading and for your comments, Susan. I agree with you, and linked the words “safety for motorists” to an earlier blog post, “Safety Measures on the New Bridge” (

      I asked these questions in September 2012, when project officials came to Tarrytown (

      Later I asked again and was told:

      While there will be no subsurface sensors or monitors to detect disabled or stopped cars, an active traffic management system will be in place — and site security will visually monitor the bridge’s eight lanes.

      “The northern barrier will be high and hard to climb all the way along, except at the belvederes where it will be shoulder height,” Visual Quality Panel member David Aukland assured. “Below the belvederes will be a wide steel mesh that will catch anyone going over barrier. This seems to be an effective deterrent, and is being adopted for the full length of the Golden Gate Bridge.”

      Comments and questions can be sent to Brian Conybeare, the governor’s special project advisor, at 1-855-TZBRIDGE (1-855-892-7434) or


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