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It’s time to get out to Newtown Creek again to photograph the new Kosciusko Bridge that opened in April.  Here’s a New York Times video showing the old one being blasted down.

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Sharon Wood Wortman of Portland, OR, is writing a book for kids about the bridges in the Portland area. Please support the indiegogo fundraising campaign to produce the book. The campaign ends Tuesday November 12 at midnight.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-big-awesome-bridges-of-portland-vancouver

She contacted me asking permission to use one of the photos of the Queensboro bridge that I took during my NYC Bridges adventure last summer for the book. What is the connection to NYC? Read below . . .

What is the link to NYC? Sharon explains:

There are three bridges in Portland built by the famous New York bridge engineer Gustav Lindenthal. Lindenthal was the NYC Commissioner of Bridges in the early 1900s. He came to Portland in the mid-1920s to design two bridges across the Willamette River in Portland and finish a third. My husband and I are big fans of his and still keep in touch with his grandson who lives in New Jersey.

It turns out that the Ross Island Bridge designed by Lindenthal looks almost exactly like the Queensboro bridge turned upside down. In Sharon’s book, the photo of the Queensboro bridge sits right next to a drawing of the Ross Island bridge and you can see the similarity.

Erika M and Rosalba under the Queensboro Bridge, with the Roosevelt Island Bridge in the background.

Erika M and Rosalba under the Queensboro Bridge, with the Roosevelt Island Bridge in the background.