Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The RFK Bridge?
It has been an enduring wish of the Kennedy family that the Triborough Bridge be renamed in honor of Robert F. Kennedy, the former New York senator who was assassinated almost 40 years ago.
Enduring Wish May Come True in RFK Bridge
According to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Governor Carey in 1975 said he was planning to permanently attach the senator's name to the bridge until the proposal was scuttled by the man responsible for its construction, Robert Moses. Governor Pataki, the younger Mr. Kennedy said, considered the idea but never acted.
A month ago, Governor Spitzer called Mr. Kennedy and told him that he would grant the family's wish and launch an effort to rechristen the monumental complex of water crossings, a viaduct, and 14 miles of approach roads that connects Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. The bridge also serves as a pathway to the airport named after RFK's older brother.
It seems like Gov. Steamroller has turned his attention to symbolic nonsense that affects no one because he can't get any of his real legislation passed. It will always be the Triboro Bridge, no matter what you decide to officially rename it.
Photo from Bridge and Tunnel Club