Archive for the ‘Hudson River’ Tag

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

Students Learn Valuable Lesson at Presentation

Eleventh and 12th grade physics classes at Byram Hills High School got a peek into the state’s largest infrastructure project when the New NY Bridge educational outreach team came to their school this academic year. “We asked them to focus on the engineering aspects of it although some science students were there,” BHHS teacher Paul Beeken said.

Photos courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

The presentation included the politics of getting a megaproject started. “One fascinating concept for us (students) was how to get a project like this in place,” Beeken said.

This year one of BHHS’s classes built a truss build from balsa wood and was challenged to see how much it can carry versus the weight of the bridge itself. “With this in mind, they have an understanding it’s a tradeoff: cost of materials and how heavy is the bridge versus how much can it carry,” he said.

Beeken requested the presentation focus on engineering and the stress factors: what goes into building the roadway, the technologies needed to lift roadway and how the super crane was able to lift the weights it did as he’d finished a unit on forces including weights and pulleys.

When the kids asked Marcy where he got his degree, he told them he’s not an engineer and explained his background. “That was very valuable,” Beeken said, “because the kids could see someone who wasn’t an engineer but who was still very articulate about all the different facets of the project.”

Engineering is only one part of the project, he noted. “While maybe one-tenth of the class will become engineers, it’s important to have a basic literacy to more easily navigate the subject.”

“Before the (Tappan Zee) bridge was built there was nothing there, so no one had any expectations about what a bridge would do,” Beeken said. “Now (building a bridge today) is 10 times more difficult because people need that bridge and depend upon it. You want to build a new one, so the logistics of being able to build a new bridge without ever shutting down the old one presents challenges.”

Read full article, details in the current issue of Inside Chappaqua magazine here.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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