New York City Bridges & Tunnels

NYC Bridges

With the borough of Manhattan being an island, the only way to connect the five boroughs of New York City was by bridges and tunnels. As a result, NYC has more than its share of these connecting lifelines. Here we offer an overview of the ten bridges and three tunnels that get people to where they are going.

Triborough Bridge (Robert F. Kennedy Bridge)
The Triborough Bridge is a complex of three separate bridges in New York City. Spanning the Harlem River, the Bronx Kill, and the Hell Gate (part of the East River), the bridges connect the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, and The Bronx via Randall's Island and Wards Island, which are joined by landfill. See Pictures of the Triborough Bridge.

Throgs Neck Bridge
The Throgs Neck Bridge is a suspension bridge opened on January 11, 1961, which carries Interstate 295 over the East River where it meets the Long Island Sound. The bridge connects the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx with the Bay Terrace section of Queens. See Pictures of the Throgs Neck Bridge. See Pictures of the Throgs Neck Bridge.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
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The Verrazano Narrows Bridge was the worlds longest suspension span when it opened. The double-decked bridge connects Brooklyn and Staten Island. Its 693 foot high towers are 1 5/8 inches farther apart at their tops than at their bases because the 4,260 foot distance between them made it necessary to compensate for the earths curvature. See Pictures of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge is a suspension bridge in New York City that crosses the East River and connects the boroughs of Queens on Long Island and The Bronx via Interstate 678. See Pictures of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge.

Henry Hudson Bridge
Named in honor of Henry Hudson the bridge opened in 1936. The Henry Hudson Bridge is a steel arch toll bridge in New York City across the Spuyten Duyvil Creek. It connects the Spuyten Duyvil section of The Bronx with the northern end of Manhattan to the south. On the Manhattan side, it touches Inwood Hill Park. See Pictures of the Henry Hudson Bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge
One of New York City’s most celebrated architectural wonders at the time of its completion in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world. Anchored across the lower East River by two towers and steel-wire cables. It connects the NYC boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. See Pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Williamsburg Bridge
The Williamsburg Bridge is the largest of the three suspension bridges that span the East River connecting the Lower East Side of Manhattan at Delancey Street with the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn at Broadway near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. See Pictures of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Manhattan Bridge
Completed in 1903, it was the last of the three suspension bridges built across the lower East River, following the Brooklyn and the Williamsburg Bridges. The Manhattan Bridge connects Lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. See Pictures of the Manhattan Bridge.

Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge
The two-decked Queensboro Bridge is one of the greatest cantilever bridges in the history of American bridge design. The silver-painted trusses span the East River between 59th Street in Manhattan and Long Island City in Queens and offer spectacular views of midtown Manhattan, highlighted by the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the United Nations. Often referred to as the 59th Street Bridge. See Pictures of the Queensboro Bridge.

George Washington Bridge
The two-level George Washington Bridge (GWB) crosses the Hudson River from upper Manhattan (West 178th Street) and New Jersey. The George Washington Bridge is home to the worlds largest American flag. The flag is 90 feet long and 60 feet wide with stripes 5 feet wide. The flag is flown on the following eight holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day as well on dates honoring those lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks. See Pictures of the George Washington Bridge.

NYC Tunnels

Lincoln Tunnel
The Lincoln Tunnel is a 1.5-mile long tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting Weehawken, New Jersey and the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It became a National Historic Civil and Mechanical Engineering Landmark in 1984. The Lincoln Tunnel is the worlds only three-tube underwater tunnel. See Pictures of the Lincoln Tunnel.

Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel
The Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel is a toll road in New York City which crosses under the East River at its mouth, connecting the Borough of Brooklyn on Long Island with the Borough of Manhattan.  It consists of twin tubes, carrying four traffic lanes, and at 9,117 feet is the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in North America. The Manhattan end of the tunnel leads to the Wall Street area, the South Street Seaport, City Hall/Civic Center, Battery Park City, the World Trade Center, and the World Financial Center. See Pictures of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.

Queens Midtown Tunnel
The Queens Midtown Tunnel, also known as the Midtown Tunnel,  was opened in 1940. It crosses under the East River and connects the Borough of Queens on Long Island with the Borough of Manhattan. The tunnel consists of twin tubes carrying four traffic lanes, and is 6,414 feet long. See Pictures of the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Our links to additional bridge and tunnel information provide access to the Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. We link to Google images for the pictures they provide access to.

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