Friday, October 2, 2009

Birthday for bridge

The Manhattan Bridge, the youngest of the four East River Bridges, will celebrate its 100th birthday October 4.

The celebration, capped by a firework display by Grucci of NY that night, will include a parade of historic vehicles, walking and bike tours, and public discussions on the history and construction of the bridge.

Among the events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Manhattan Bridge are:

October 4

7:15 a.m. Bike tour, led by Michael Miscione, which will start on the steps of Borough Hall in Brooklyn and will join up with the Bridge parade at 9 a.m.

7 p.m., entrance to the park at Jackson & Cherry Streets: Manhattan Fireworks by The Gruccis of New York. East River Park Amphitheatre, north of Manhattan Bridge. The Manhattan School of Music Brass Quintet will perform.

October 5

6:30 p.m., NYU-Poly, 5 MetroTech Center, main floor: Lecture: “Miss Manhattan, Miss Brooklyn and their creator, Daniel Chester French” Brian Tolle, sculptor, and Karen Lemmey, Metropolitan Museum of Art Historian.

October 6

6:30 p.m., NYU-Poly, 5 MetroTech Center, Main Floor: “The Manhattan Bridge – History, Construction & Safety,” with Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian; Henry Perahia, deputy commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation & Sam Schwartz, PE.

October 8

2 p.m., Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierpont Street, $6 admission, free to members of the Brooklyn Historical Society: Lecture: “Engineering, Construction and History of the Manhattan Bridge” by Dave Frieder.

6 p.m., Transit Museum, Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street, $5 admission: “Art Along the Way: Masstraniscope with Artist Bill Brand.” Talk and ride-by to view artwork in unused Myrtle Avenue Subway Station. Two-hour event.

October 9

6:30 p.m., NYU-Poly, 5 MetroTech Center, Main Floor: Panel Discussion on the Manhattan Bridge by Robert Olmsted, ASCE; Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian; Sam Schwartz, PE and Jim Rasenberger, author historian panelists, Sewell Chan, reporter for the New York Times moderator.

October 11

10 a.m., Canal & Bowery, southwest corner: Manhattan Walking Tour with Bernie Ente and David Frieder, two hours, in conjunction with Open House New York. This part of tour will end at York Street by the F train station. Tour will conclude at 1 p.m.

1:30 p.m., Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street: Transit Museum Workshop for Children “Bridge City: Manhattan Bridge Turns 100.” Free admission for members, $3 children & $5 adults.

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