All day yesterday (Tuesday) the main span of the Kosciuszko Bridge was lowered onto barges on Newtown Creek. The bridge segments will be barged out of the Creek today, from 10am to 12pm. The pieces will be taken to a recycling facility in New Jersey. The Newtown Creek Alliance has a handy timeline of the bridge’s demolition, and future plans for a park on the Queens side of the new bridge.
Below, the NCA has put together a map of the best viewpoints for today’s barging, which include the very end of Greenpoint Avenue, the Newtown Creek Nature Walk, under the Pulaski Bridge, and the end of Manhattan Avenue. If you’re one of the lucky seafaring few in a boat, there will be security zones in place during lowering and barging; boaters are required to stay a minimum 500 feet away from the working barges.
The new Kosciuszko Bridge finally opened yesterday to much fanfare (and of course, some traffic). If you’re passing by at night, or on a rooftop, you’ll be able to catch the rad light show, which was funded with the $500 million that the MTA chipped in for bridge overhauls. According to CBS New York, “The first of two new spans opened to drivers Thursday. It will carry traffic in both directions while the second span is built. The first span will be converted to five lanes of Queens-bound traffic when the second span containing four lanes opens in 2020 for Brooklyn-bound traffic. The bridge will also feature a 20-foot-wide path for cyclists and pedestrians.”
The old sections of the bridge will be imploded this summer, and there’s currently a petition to have a live orchestra play the 1812 Overture as the bridge literally bites the dust. More than 14,000 people have RSVP’d to the bridge blow-up on Facebook, with another 56,000 people “interested” in the event. And PS—if you’re wondering how to pronounce Kosciuszko, here’s a video primer with a little history mixed in.
Yesterday, photographer Nick McManus was able to ride over the bridge before it opened to traffic and captured some cool instant photos. See more after the jump.
Tomorrow night (March 30th) The Polish Cultural Institute is screening a documentary about Thaddeus Kosciuszko at 7 pm at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue). There’ll be a Q&A session with the director, and free snacks and drinks. Tickets are free, but only a few seats are still available. RSVP t0 – [email protected]