Ninety-nine years ago last Sunday, the Queensboro Bridge opened to traffic - and modern Queens was born.
"The Queensboro Bridge was undoubtedly the single most important factor in the creation of the borough as we know it," said Bob Singleton, co-author of a new book that documents the creation of the celebrated span through archival photographs.
"Images of America: The Queensboro Bridge," published last week, is a collaboration of the Greater Astoria Historical Society and the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
Featuring 127 pages of insightfully captioned photographs, illustrations and maps, along with six short essays, the book brings to life the beginnings of the bridge that punched a ticket to urban development for what was then a mostly rural Queens County.
Book celebrates Queensboro Bridge