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City Island Bridge (1868)

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Old City Island Bridge

Old City Island Bridge

Photo from "Chapter XX: City Island" in History of Bronx Borough City Of New York Compiled for The North Side News By Randall Comfort, p. 59 (NY, NY: North Side News Press: 1906).

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Description 

"By the mid-1890s when New York City annexed City Island and adjacent areas on the mainland, the old City Island bridge that was completed in 1868 had become a decrepit and dilapidated eyesore. The bridge originally was built from the timbers of an ancient decommissioned ship known as the North Carolina, cobbled together with a draw that was taken from the old Harlem Bridge when that bridge was replaced. As one account put it so succinctly, even when newly-built in 1868, the City Island bridge was "nothing but a second hand affair."

"The City Island Bridge that currently connects City Island with the mainland and that replaced the one built in 1868 was erected beginning in 1898. It opened to the public July 4, 1901."

Facts 

Overview
Built 1868 to replace Way Brothers hand-drawn scow ferry.
Location
New York City, Bronx County, New York
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1868; functionally replaced 1901.
Builders
- Corporation comprised David Carl [sic], Josh Leviness, Benjamin Hageman, William Lockwood, George Gould, David Cromwell and one or two others.
- Zeke Rowe, of Flushing, L. I., contracted to build the bridge.
Design
"It is an old wooden structure, not by virtue of years, but by reason of the fact that the materials used in its construction were not new. The old timbers are morised and bolted together and form an old fashioned frame work of early bridge building."
"The timber in this bridge was taken from the old naval ship North Carolina, which David Carl [sic], a ship builder on City Island, purchased from the government at the Navy yard, the year previous. Carl bought this vessel for the iron and copper that her frame contained. He had the vessel towed to City Island, where he dismantled her."
"The bridge had a small draw, which opened to the vessels desiring to go up the Sound. The iron work and machinery of this draw were taken from the old wooden Third avenue drawbridge, over the Harlem River, at 130th street, New York City."
"The bridge is nearly half a mile long. It has a narrow foot path on the north side. The drive way is just wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other ..."
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.85621, -73.79361   (decimal degrees)
40°51'22" N, 73°47'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/601680/4523495 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90933 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 17, 2020: New photo from Doug Klingerman

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