Day 3

Information overload

January 2nd, 2012

I'm taking this photo from the Bronx span of the Triborough Bridge (officially renamed after RFK a couple of years ago, but still colloquially known as the Triborough), which is actually three different bridges connecting the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. You can see the Bronx on the left, separated from Randall's Island (which is part of the borough of Manhattan) by the Bronx Kill. Queens is visible in the background, separated from Randall's Island by Hell Gate (which is the name of that waterway). The bridge we're looking at is part of the Hell Gate complex of railroad bridges and viaducts. You may be wondering why this bridge seems to be largely spanning a ballfield. When it was built, the Bronx Kill was considerably wider, but has since been narrowed by the addition of landfill to Randall's Island. In fact, the name "Randall's Island" is actually something of a misnomer, as it is connected by landfill to Wards Island, which used to be a separate island lying to the south.


  1. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Wow yeah, that is information overload. I had to read it twice, real slow the second time, to understand it all and see what’s where. Basically, the river used to be wider, but it’s filled in with a bunch of garbage now that people play on top of, right? And you can see Queens in the background along with some other stuff. Gotcha.

  2. Jeff still in Joisy says:

    Hmmm Hell’s gate …but does not lead to Hell’s kitchen…..Randal’s Island has the circus from time to time.
    Yea this a cool area to just look out and wonder/see all the connections.

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