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Cool views invisible from the Driver’s Seat: completing one Span and removing Another

Painter standing on a girder more than 400 feet long, and no fear of height here./NYSTA

What we can see from the car/SUV — motorcycle riders have the advantage of no window frames — is the new maintenance facility underway near the Westchester landing. What goes on under and next to the bridges are different stories.

Think this person is standing on a pier near the Westcheser landing? You’re right!/NYSTA

Now that River Road is open — and the Tappan Zee Bridge’s abutment is gone — look for cranes near Westchester landing removing sections of TZB steel and concrete. The colossal crane will remove the first of 20 sections now then through next spring, the largest weighing up to 2,600,000-plus pounds.

This scaffolding platform will be under the TZB to help crews during its demolition/NYSTA

The TZB’s decline was so sharp that when mom and dad took us to the country, my younger brother and I were sure we’d drive right into the Hudson River. Not quite. It looks harmless here alongside a barge.

That decline was protected from ice by wooden piles, now collected in this barge /NYSTA

While River Road is open, bridge lanes and an on-ramp will be closed at various times during the week as work continues near the landings. Click here for details.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Lane and Exit Closures per work on TZB Landings

This photo of Tappan Zee Bridge structural steel being removed with the bridge and river as backdrops is courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

You can see crews removing parts of the Westchester landing as you drive across from Rockland. The super crane will help with the removal starting in November.

What you can’t see is the Rockland landing; however, River Road in South Nyack is closed while crews work on the Rockland landings; click here for detour route, ramp and lane closures from Exit 11 southbound to Exit 10 through next Friday.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Work on TZB Landings brings Lane, Exit Closures

Recent photo of the Westchester landing shows two-way traffic moving on the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge while crews begin demolishing the Tappan Zee Bridge’s landings courtesy EarthCam® construction camera.

River Road in South Nyack is closed while crews work on the Rockland landings; click here for detour route, ramp and lane closures from Exit 11 southbound to Exit 9.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Saturday en route to Nyack’s Community Event

Getting used to the ride and again drove part of the way in the available uneven right lane. The far lane is separated by a solid white line before the cable-stayed area of the bridge and at the curve approaching Rockland to indicate it’s a “no passing” zone, right?

Three cars crossed that white line, and one car zigzagged to a third lane.

Yesterday was the first Great Nyack Get-Together in Memorial Park. Had a good time seeing friends and meeting people I’d spoken with last week. Kept eyeing the Ferris wheel. As it was brutally hot (and I love hot weather), it was too much for me to get on the ride and then wait in the sun for others to get on or off. Next time. Watch for story in this week’s Rockland County Times.

See the bridges in the background? After tomorrow I’ll be able to see them a bit more clearly from Memorial Park without distance glasses. Within two weeks I’ll have x-ray vision. Stay tuned.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

ICYMI: Classic Car Night draws Crowds, Raises $$

Maybe you’ll see one of these cars on the new bridge. One never knows, do one?

Despite threat of rain from late July skies, the Nyack Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual Classic Car Night  drew thousands without a hitch. Project organizer Mark Mangan said “this has been our (the Chamber’s) biggest turnout so far and raised almost $500 for Soup Angels.”

A ride in the 1966 Lincoln Futura — signed by the late actor Adam West, who portrayed Batman — was the raffle prize with proceeds going to the Nyack-based organization. A gentleman named Edwin was the lucky winner, his $5 raffle ticket chosen by Catwoman.

It was Back to the Future for Craig Farr, whose silver 1981 DeLorean was equipped with a flux capacitor autographed by Christopher Lloyd. “That makes time travel possible,” he said. “Since I was young it was my favorite car because of the movie,” he said. While he drives a Toyota Camry, the DeLorean was a “must-have.”

The DeLorean’s three-year life cycle ended in 1983, “and you can tell the difference between the cars by their hoods,” Farr explained. “There were also differences between the two 1981 models.”

Curiosity and awe surrounded Vinny Mocerino’s Creepshow 1988 Cadillac Hearse. “These kids here don’t know the Batmobile,” he said. Mocerino was having as much fun as the kids and adults who asked questions about — and were allowed to touch — the display attached to the blue-and-white hearse.

Bloody-eyed Morticia peered at onlookers through a blue-draped side window. “I keep it parked in my driveway,” he laughed, “and the neighbors think I’m crazy.” It certainly must be interesting when his recently-finished black hearse, a 1990 Cadillac named Morticia, is parked next to the Creepshow hearse.

Two adorable kids were posing against a hot pink PT Cruiser. “Smile!” their mom said while they made funny faces, then turned to inspect the doors. Also returning were 1950s Chevrolets, muscle cars, several Mustangs, a 1966 Morgan and a 1926 Ford Model T that was once a fruit truck.

District 6 Legislator Alden Wolfe brought his 1969 Fiat 500L, which attracted lots of attention. “It was a great opportunity to support the Nyack Chamber while sharing my passion for cars,” he said. “I had a lot of fun answering questions and seeing the kids smile as they recognized ‘Luigi from Cars.’”

I caught up with auto enthusiast and college student Andy O’Rourke near the monster trucks on Main Street. “I’ve seen a few oddities here that you never really see anywhere else, which is refreshing,” he observed.

Favorites include “classic Porsche 911, old minis, Volkswagens, some of the Waterboxers, old Mustangs, Fastbacks, mainly things like that,” he said. While classic European sports cars draw his attention, “I definitely have a respect for older American cars though. I lean more towards sports cars, though.”

Look for FinalDriveReviews, O’Rourke’s up-and-coming YouTube channel that discusses unique cars. “We’ll be driving around and doing comparisons of rare and unusual cars as well as common and affordable ones, measuring pros and cons relative to price point and completing challenges relative to each car or category. We’ll ask are they worth it, how expensive are they, what’s the market like. It’s like a Top Gear meets Jay Leno’s Garage.”

The event was sponsored by Motorcar Manor, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, Palisades Auto Sales, SpeedPro Imaging and Rockland Rodders. The Chamber’s Septemberfest Street Fair is Sunday, the 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Ghoulish fun returns to the village next month with the 30th Annual Nyack Halloween Parade on October 28.

“I guess that’s not meant for short people,” Denise Coram told the yellow truck’s owner. He smiled and indicated the running board which, he said, folds up when the driver is seated. “It doesn’t move down so people can step up into it?” she asked, half joking. “No,” he grinned.

For more information about the Chamber and its upcoming events, visit

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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