Archive for the ‘Hudson River’ Tag

One Last Summer for Clear Views of the TZB

It was five years ago that three companies responded to the state’s Request for Proposal with approximately 750,000 pages packed into about 70 boxes, and by a 4 p.m. deadline in late July.

Lots of numbers.

The following year at this time, oyster harvesting was completed, dredging was underway, and you had one last chance to capture a clear view of the Tappan Zee Bridge on film.

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Mom had her second follow-up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon last week, and Friday I brought a pair of her shoes and socks to the nursing facility. It was the first time in three months that she wore both, and she was excited.

I was sitting sideways in the back of the ambulette on the return trip speaking with mom and the driver, Henry, who said he can’t wait for the new bridge to open because reliability is imperative for him.

“I see the new bridge many times a week because I pick up people in Rockland,” Henry said. “Sometimes I am stuck in traffic with someone in the ambulette, and we are late for where we are going.”

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The week before last, I witnessed the aftermath of a large truck that overturned onto its right side where the Exit 5 ramp makes a sharp turn to meet Route 119. Numerous EMS vehicles, police cars, a truck recovery vehicle and officers were at the scene. It’s a dangerous curve for cars that often back up beyond that point — although it’s a two-lane merge — when Route 119 is congested.

Additionally, as I wrote in a recent article, White Plains is not one of the seven Metro-North stations that participates in its Guaranteed Ride Home program. I still feel ARUP was incorrect to map a commuter bus route from Rockland County to White Plains.

Watch for latest project details in this Thursday’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

July 4th Reminiscing: Broadway Shows and 1776


Dad loved Broadway shows and took mom to the The Great White Way at least twice a month. When my little brother and I were old enough, they took us to see Annie, Pippin, Chicago, Cabaret, Camelot, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Gemini, among others.

1 of 3 covers - May 1971/ Playbill Vault

1 of 3 covers – May 1971/ Playbill Vault

One show I found very entertaining, and remember to this day, was 1776, which opened on March 16, 1969. And my favorite song from that show, one that always makes me smile because of its catchy tune, is this:

If you plan being on the river, then be aware of the new boater safety rules.

Detailed information — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — is also listed on the project website.  A LNM primer is here.

Happy 4th of July. Stay safe and have fun!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

A Bridge by Any Other (including a new) Name

So the new bridge will have a new name or a partially-new name: the Governor Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge? No one is renaming Westchester or Rockland counties or the Hudson River. We (the United States) are late to the cable-stayed bridge party, which began long ago (decades, to be exact) in Europe.

Can you imagine folks 60-some years ago scratching their heads as four towers began rising from the river? Would it have been possible to even build those towers? As the first floating concrete batch plant arrived on the scene (no pun intended) in 1956 and was patented in 1966 (U.S. patent #3,251,484), imagine the caravan of supply trucks heading to the water.

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /© Wn.com

The new bridge is nothing like the one that withstood 61 and one-half years of vehicles, trucks, vans, motorcycles, accidents, upgrades, repairs, attention, suicides, the elements and criticism.

Yet it also got a new name somewhere along the line as early on it was known as the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. Say that three times fast.

People don’t like change, do they?” the technician who wheeled my dad into the room for a CAT scan asked. “At least, they don’t at first, and then, all of a sudden, they come around, and realize change is good.” He looked up at the TV on the wall, and then looked at me. I nodded.

His words stayed with me. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Walk/bike path: NNYB is asking what you think

Distance between the top of the river and the main span is 138 feet/©Janie Rosman 2017

At least something about the new bridge will be the same as the current one!

You know the westbound span will have a walking/bicycle path. Love it? Hate it? Think it was poorly planned? A way to enjoy the Hudson Valley? Wish it had more shade? (I do, I do.) Project officials want your thoughts via a Survey Monkey poll.

“The New NY Bridge project team is seeking your input to better understand how the community will utilize the new Shared Use Path (SUP) to be built on the westbound span following completion of the eastbound span in 2018. Features of the bicycle and pedestrian path will include six overlooks—or resting points—above the Hudson River; visitor parking and pavilions; and interpretive exhibits, art, and signage.”

Here’s your chance to tell all! They’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Schools were closed when the new bridge opened

The Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge opened Dec. 1955/The Virtual Archives

Besides having a clear day for the Historical Society of Rockland County’s river tour last week, I had the pleasure of sitting at a table with several people who are working on the new bridge.

They preferred I not mention their names. I agreed to respect their privacy and asked about their responsibilities and how they felt about working on the project and seeing it from this perspective.

One gentleman told me his father was an ironworker on the original Tappan Zee Bridge and said his son and grandsons are employed on the current project. “Four generations working on the bridge,” he smiled.

He lived in Piermont in 1955 and remembers walking across the new structure when it opened. “The governor drove across the bridge, and I didn’t have to go to school that day. Everybody was walking across the new bridge, and schools were closed.”

Detailed bridge update and photos are in this week’s Rockland County Times.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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