Saturday, May 9, 2009

Moon Over Queensboro Bridge

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the QUEENSBORO BRIDGE in “The Great Gatsby,” and Simon and Garfunkel wrote a song about it. This bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge, is close to where I live on Manhattan's Upper Eastside. I made this image last Thursday night after a short run along the East River. The bridge recently celebrated its 100th birthday.
Author Bob Singleton - “It’s really the quintessential American bridge. You get a massive feeling of the use of steel that went into that bridge. It’s a graceful bridge when you take a look at what they tried to accomplish, and it’s an iconic symbol of the city. It’s been in movies from ‘Dead End’ in the ’30s to ‘Spider-Man.’ But it’s very unassuming as it goes about its work.”

Simon and Garfunkel wrote a song about it. They called it by its Manhattan-centric name, “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” and included the line “Hello, lamppost.” “Hello, darkness, my old friend,” from their hit single “The Sounds of Silence,” it is not.

1 comment:

Severine said...

I admire this bridge everyday in my living room since my husband did a huge painting of it. You can have a look at it there: