Bronx New Deal - Photo #518 - The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge

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The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, with the Manhattan skyline in the background. Seen from SUNY Maritime College, June 10, 2015.

The Whitestone bridge (as it's called in the Bronx) was designed by the prolific Aymar Embury II[6], who led Robert Moses' design team and was paid by the federal government. It connects Ferry Point Park in the Bronx with Francis Lewis Park in the Whitestone section of Queens, New York City. Robert Moses wanted to construct this bridge, as well as the Throgs Neck Bridge and to some extent the Triborough Bridge, to provide easy access from the mainland to Queens (which is on Long Island) for the 1939 World's Fair and to the North Beach (now LaGuardia) Airport. The bridge was constructed in 1937-1939 and opened on the very day before the World's Fair.

The Whitestone Bridge and the Triborough Bridge were financed with complex shuffling of RFC, PWA, and private funds and the sale of bonds, some of them to the RFC and PWA, arrangements made by Robert Moses through his Triborough Bridge Authority that, to this day, are almost impossible to untangle. I don't know about you, but trying understand the description in [1] of this three-card monte game makes my head spin. But let's see what Moses himself has to say about it [