Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Feelin' Groovy

Yes, it’s true, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed that the 59th Street Bridge be renamed for his predecessor and one of our founding chairmen, the Honorable Mayor Edward I. Koch. We’re delighted that this honor will be bestowed on Mayor Koch while he is still crossing bridges and can say to a cabbie, “Please take the Koch Bridge!” As Mayor Koch himself acknowledged, “It’s not soaring, beautiful, handsome, like the George Washington or the Verrazano,” he said. “It’s rugged, it’s hard working — and that’s me.”

Also in bridge and tunnel news, the State Legislature is voting to name the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel for former Governor Hugh Carey, who will be turning 92. As tenants of the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, we can appreciate the ring of the Carey Tunnel. It sounds very homey and grassroots, like the bridge in my hometown named for Karl L. King, composer of many types of music, including more than 180 marches.

Regardless of your preferred route for interboro transportation, we wish these men and their infrastructures many, many years of longevity.

Photo: Sgt. Edward I. Koch leaving for the United States from Hamburg, Germany, 1946. Collection of Edward I. Koch.

2 comments:

Jamie said...

The title of this post is making me smile. I agree with former Mayor Koch; his name suits the bridge.

Abby said...

Thanks for staying in touch, JK.