Description Hellgate Bridge (View of Triborough Bridge from Randalls Island Tower)2008Massive stone towers at each end of the Hellgate Bridge seem to anchor the steel arch that stretches between Queens and Randalls Island (where the rail line curves north and crosses to the Bronx). The tops of the stone towers are decorated with medeival-seeming crenellations and round windows. This photograph, through one of the round stone windows at the top of the Randalls Island tower, looks south toward the Triborough Bridge suspension span. Manhattans skyline is also visible to the right.The massive Hellgate Bridge, built in 1916, was the longest steel-arch bridge in the world, and it was built to support a load as heavy as sixty 200-ton locomotives. (With such a load, it was calculated that the bridge would flex only three inches at the center.) It remains the strongest bridge in New York, and its estimated that, if people were to suddenly disappear from the earth, the Hellgate Bridge would last longer than any other structure in New York City, and perhaps as much as a thousand years longer than the Brooklyn Bridge.
Steve Duncan, Brooklyn, NY Member Since February 2010 Artist Statement As an urban historian & photographer, I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what's underneath. From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the world's great cities.
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