As a member of the NYC Bridge Centennial Committee and a resident of Long Island City, I would be remiss in not informing you of the following:
According to the D.O.T. web site, on this date, March 25, 1908, the current version of the Borden Avenue Bridge opened to auto and trolley traffic.
Being a history guy, I had to share this with you.
The site goes on to say, "...the bridge is a rare survivor of its type [retractile] and retains sufficient period integrity to convey its historic design significance."
Richard Melnick, President
Greater Astoria Historical Society