Archive for the ‘Tappan Zee Bridge’ Tag

Simultaneously Building and Dismantling

You might be planning to take it easy this weekend; however, the super crane will be working on the eastbound span near Westchester. Nearly two-and-one-half years ago, rews installed steel girders across the Metro-North tracks. The girders will connect the Westchester abutment to that span’s land piers Saturday night to Sunday morning.

Metro-North will suspend trains from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday morning. Expect an extra 25-minute delay. For detailed MTA information, click here.

Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour.

And then there’s the Tappan Zee Bridge or what remains of it per a southeastern view of its piers from Rockland. Photos courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Super Bowl 52: dad patiently explained the Game

Marty Glickman and dad

Here’s my dad with legendary sports broadcaster Marty Glickman at the old Shea Stadium. I love you, dad, and miss you so much. You patiently explained football to me, and by the end of the first quarter I’d forgotten what you said . . . not for lack of listening.

I paid attention to every word (like I did in science class yet couldn’t correlate the notes I took to the lesson plan) yet to me, the game was and always will be men in tights running away from or to each other to grab or throw the elusive football.

You’d grin at me when I told you, dad, and I knew you thought my comment was funny. I wished I understood the game as you did.

Hockey and basketball were and are my sports. That’s for another blog post.

Today is about football and fans rooting for their favorite team of men in tights running away from or to each other to grab or throw the elusive football.

This one-of-a-kind trophy was autographed by office staff, construction crews/NYSTA

No one will be throwing this football, dad, signed by the team that is building the new bridge. Maybe some of the men and women on this team wear tights (we used to call them woolies) for warmth since they’re outside in freezing weather yet have an ongoing team spirit.

I hope you enjoy the game from above, dad. Love, Janie

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

Flashback Friday: First Construction 66 Years Ago


Your eyes are joining the two sections of the main span in the image above, right? History is repeating, now with two spans and a modern, hi-tech, safer and more artistic bridge.


Crews started work on the Tappan Zee Bridge in March 1952; this past summer the first span of its replacement opened. Happy and healthy New Year to you!

Photos courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

New York State Prepared to & Did Bridge a Gap*

One of my favorite photos from that day: two members of the construction team watch the crowds prior to the opening ceremony for the new bridge’s westbound span. It was a hot August day, and dad’s golf hat was my lucky charm.

Westbound traffic moved to that span the following night. The Tappan Zee was our eastbound ride for the next six weeks, and then — with slightly less fanfare than its earlier transition — eastbound traffic moved to the new span.

One driver’s wish came true: he was the last ride on the Tappan Zee Bridge, and we had a new eastbound ride. In early November, its first section was removed.

Less of the Tappan Zee now as sections of it are removed to be repurposed per a Thruway Authority board decision in July. Crews continue building the eastbound span and — near the Westchester landing — the new maintenance facility, new building for state police south of the Thruway and the walking and bicycle path.

With its main span towers and piers lit in lavender, the new bridge looked pretty against the oncoming late August night sky. I kept thinking, “Purple reigns on the Hudson Valley” (photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority) as I crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge westbound for the last time.

How many of you will remember 2017 as the year the Tappan Zee Bridge closed to traffic? Since last December, when the new bridge’s main span towers were completed, crews have been working toward its opening. The above-mentioned months stand out in my mind; your mileage may vary.

*Tag line for this blog is New York State Prepares to Bridge a Gap™

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Christmas Colors in New Bridge’s Light Scheme

New bridge celebrates the holiday in red and green lights/EarthCam® construction camera

While it’s midnight in New York, Santa has been busy as Christmas began in other parts of the world. By 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon it was Christmas in Australia, and when December 25 ends in New Zealand gifts are being unwrapped (maybe) at 5:15 a.m. here in New York.

However, New Zealand celebrates Christmas in the middle of its summer. Snow cone fights, anyone? Merry Christmas!

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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