Archive for the ‘New NY Bridge’ Category

Escaping the Solitude while Driving the Familiar

Yesterday I went for a drive north, then came back, chose another destination, then changed my mind again. While stopped at a red light at the end of Exit 10 I saw a minivan with what looked like three or four adults in the front and middle seats and many children piled into the back.

So much for social distancing.

I miss seeing my friends though we speak during the week. Shopping has become a project: put on gloves, a mask and steer clear of other people. We miss doing things effortlessly and smile at each other from safe distances. The owner of a restaurant I frequent to order dinner for mom and me closed and temporarily fired his employees, he told me. There’s not enough take-out business for him to stay open; he hopes to rehire them in the future. He’s not alone.

That’s the other part: who knows when this will end? Teenagers on my street walk shoulder to shoulder, texting; people coming off the bicycle path waiting to cross the Bronx River Parkway stand inches from each other. How can we manage?

Thursday I met a neighbor I usually hug when greeting. We waved to each other across the lobby and chatted for a few minutes from where we stood, the new normal for now. Stay safe.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

TBT: Super Crane makes First Girder Placement

It recently left the construction site, its job completed; however this day was memorable for the project and for me to watch: the first steel girder assembly was hoisted and placed onto the New NY Bridge during a seven-hour process.

lifting girder off barge

The 1,110-ton, 400-foot girder assembly – three beams assembled at the Port of Coeymans – was hoisted onto the new bridge’s 14-foot-thick foundation.

barge removed2

Dave Capobianco, a New NY Bridge project manager, said the communications conduits and wiring are not on this initial assembly and will be on the next two-girder segment still being worked on at the port.

starting to position the girder

During the summer, barges continue loading girders from the port, unloading them at the project site and either coming to or going from both locations.

preparing the pier

I remember the 2012 and 2013 meetings that talked about shifting traffic from the current bridge to the new northern span in late 2016 or early 2017.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Fireboat moved from Sleepy Hollow to Verplanck

I wish I’d been braver that day I was offered a tour of the NYC fireboat John D. McKean. The Hudson River was unforgiving in its strength and rocked the boat far from the anchored steps leading to it.

My new hip has been through much in its 14-plus months; however, falling onto the deck of a fireboat and/or tripping on the steps leading to it was not going to be one of its experiences.

I plan to see the retired fireboat that saved lives on a terrible, tragic day at its new location at King Marine Ltd. in Verplanck.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Throwback Thursday: First Responders in Mind

Above are five structural steel beams for one of three safety turnarounds that will aid first responders in case of emergencies on the new bridge. We were en route to the center of the westbound span — as far as was safe since the span hadn’t been finished — to celebrate the main span towers’ completion in December 2016.

Above is the underside of one turanound courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

A Full Circle Day, and in More Ways than One

Standing on steps near Quay Condominium clubhouse in Tarrytown/© Janie Rosman

People ask about photos I take and post in this blog; twice an editor asked to reprint two and paid me. Today I had a photo request from someone, and that request made me realize my reporting about the bridge project has come full circle in more ways than one.

I received an email asking about a specific blog post; the sender wanted to buy one of its photos. They were taken before I was born, I said, and I reprinted them with permission. A friend reminded me I could have gotten them from someone’s relative who worked on the first Tappan Zee Bridge in the early 1950s.

March 22, 2012, was a balmy night, too warm for a winter coat so I wore a denim jacket, a tee shirt and jeans. I’d never been to the Quay Condominium, where my editor sent me to cover a meeting/project update for residents.

New York State Thruway Authority officials got an earful that night, which began my seven-year (so far, this month) bridge reporting. Most of the photos on this blog are mine; several are from Flickr, and many are from the NYSTA. Permission is secured prior to my using them, and all are properly credited.

Looking at a very different view from the same steps a few years later/© Janie Rosman

Today’s request made me chuckle me because the person who wanted to buy one of the photos I posted of the first Tappan Zee Bridge’s construction needed them for a project with the NYSTA. I researched and guessed (my hunch was confirmed) the person’s company already had those photos . . . directly from the source.

It’s been a full circle day in more ways than one.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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