At that place, where powerful fortifications used to be centuries ago, now stands a huge bridge that connects the shores of the strait. The Verrazano–Narrows Bridge is one of the world's largest suspension bridges that connects Brooklyn and the Staten Island boroughs of
. The length of the central span of the bridge is 4258 feet (1298 m), and the side spans are 1213 feet (370.5 m) each. Pylons, with a height of 692 feet (211 m) on which suspension cables are fixed, can be seen from most parts of New York. The bridge is "two-storys" tall and each "story" has 6 lanes for traffic. The bridge was built in 1964 and named after the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano, the first European who entered the bay of New York and the Hudson River. Until 1981, the bridge was the longest (in terms of the length of the central span) suspension bridge in the world; also it is the first in the United States among the bridges of such design. This is how it looks from Staten Island. Such an elegant and stunningly beautiful bridge!
I must say that the banks of Staten Island at the Narrows strait were absolutely beautiful!
But it was time to back - I got on the first available bus, and in 10 minutes I was back at the Staten Island Ferry!
The return journey was already well-known:
And here is the southern part of Manhattan, where life is in full swing on the ground, on the water, and in the air around the clock.
is one of the oldest in the city. The existing building was built in 1846 - it is the third on the site, and the original church was built in 1698. The 278 feet (85-meter) tall bell tower was the highest point in the city, until 1860, and served as a landmark for ships. Now the church is surrounded by skyscrapers.
Not far from here is "Ground Zero", where the construction of new skyscrapers of the
I found such an unusual monument in the nearby square:
New skyscraper goes sky high:
Not far from here is the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which contains a lot of interesting exhibits, including a miniature version of the new World Trade Center complex under construction by project designer and architect architect Daniel Libeskind. In the center, there is a memorial around the area where the Twin Towers stood.
One of the modern skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan:
Not far from here is the cozy City Hall park, with fountains: