Fascinated by the I Lift NY Super Crane

“Combine the two, make the engineer sketch like an artist and make the artist analyze like an engineer, and you are half-way there.” — German designer and typographer Erik Spiekermann.

Coming to a river near us/NNYB Outreach

Coming to a river near us/NNYB Outreach

We followed the Left Coast Lifter‘s journey from its Oakland, CA, departure in December to its arrival in New York Harbor. Photographers Phil Little and  Bjoern Kils saw the I Lift NY — escorted by tugboats Lauren Foss and Iver Foss — greet the Statue of Liberty and the Freedom Tower about six weeks later. Will Van Dorp, who blogs at tugster: a waterblog shared his views as the crane was en route.

Remember when Contra Costa Times reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen mused in May if the name Left Coast Lifter might be too much for us? And something about the bridge replacement project being “less prestigious” or similar nonsense.

Well, Lisa, if you followed along, you’d know that before 5 p.m. the day I blogged about it, project officials said the crane had been dubbed I Lift NY.

Cub Scouts Pack 6 Crestwood with their K’NEX model of the I Lift NY super crane/New NY Bridge Outreach

Cub Scouts Pack 6 Crestwood with their K’NEX model of the I Lift NY super crane/New NY Bridge Outreach

And guess what? Kids here are building models of the New NY Bridge and the I Lift NY from K’NEX pieces while learning about math and engineering, being creative, assisting as part of a team, and problem-solving.

Were similar educational projects created after the crane arrived in California, where it remained for more than four years?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

2 comments so far

  1. David Hindin on

    You wrote above:
    “Remember when Contra Costa Times reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen mused in May if the name Left Coast Lifter might be too much for us?”
    Tempis fugit…
    You had originally written (Posted January 15, 2014) :
    “Contra Costa Times reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen wondered in her May 28, 2013, San Jose Mercury News article if Left Coast Lifter would be too much for New Yorkers.”
    The year matters.

    While noting the passage of time:

    The New NY Bridge @NewNYBridge 10:15 AM – 3 Jan 2013
    Begin Quote:
    Unique Left Coast lifter crane will save time and money. On it’s way from Okland [sic] Calif. thru Panama Canal.
    End quote
    “On it’s way”, when it in fact was still sitting in Oakland finally departing on 22 December 2013

    NY arrival noted here:
    http://tugster.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/super-bull-crane/
    and here
    http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2014/02/02/tz-bridge-blog-mission-accomplished/

    My interest:
    https://tugster.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/random-ships-16/

    David Hindin
    Mountain View, CA

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    • nykeypad on

      Hi David,

      Thanks for reading my blog and for your comment noting the year. I suggest you contact the New NY Bridge re its January 3, 2013, tweet. Thank you, too, for citing TZ Bridge Blog, which I write for the Rockland County Times.

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