Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, 55 Years Ago Today – Part Two

Arriving very early this day, we all parked our cars in the growing line behind the barricades on an entrance ramp to the toll plaza, …under the overhead sign in the second image below.  Finally, down by the booths, and after “Mr. First,”  the lights turned green and we were on our way.

The view was spectacular, with Manhattan off to the left; Coney Island, Lower N.Y Bay and The Atlantic Ocean to the right. The car toll was $.50 each way.  Today, 2019, tolls are collected westbound only ranging between $19 to $12.24 with E-ZPass!

(More information on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, can be found on Wikipedia, which we support with donations.)

Thanks for viewing, zoom in for a closer look, and comments are always welcome. M 🙂

 

10 thoughts on “Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, 55 Years Ago Today – Part Two

  1. I never knew you had done this.! Chalk it up on the list of items I either missed or had forgotten about. We need an old fashioned slide show to relive some of these classics.

    Looks like you were about fifth in your line…about the 30-40th car across the bridge. In the pre-internet age, how would one find out about something like this? Newspapers?

    Thanks for posting
    -s

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  2. I believe the car to the left with the banner was “Mr. First” who earned that title likely starting with the George Washington Bridge. He was a sort of celebrity. So looking that up may reveal some more info, at least around the NYC metro area. 🙂

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  3. Disperser: These were originally film slides (remember slides?) which I digitalized some years ago. The file sizes are a lot smaller than we’re working with these days, those numbers have grown significantly in the past decade. This apparently minimized the effective zoom capacity. Frankly, I was surprised it was a good as was! And by the way, thanks for the mention of this bridge on your recent cruise – which gave me the idea to look into the deep recesses for these images.

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  4. You can click on the photo and a larger version opens. But, it opens at the maximum size (on my screen) and you can’t zoom by clicking on it. So, it’s larger, but it doesn’t help with seen fine details.

    For instance, you know what the sign on the back of that car said, but I couldn’t read it, nor could I zoom in to read it. Not a big deal; the photos are still nice and I don’t need to read the sign.

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  5. Anonymous

    Wow, those bridge tolls are pretty steep! Out state-owned bridges that cross the Bay charge $7 and the Golden Gate Bridge fare is $8.35.

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  6. Anonymous: I believe these VNB tolls are about the highest in the country, but they are multi-tiered, and there are special discounts for Staten Island residents …as low as $3.40 for inter-boro commuters. Staten Island is, in fact, politically a part of New York City. Thanks for your comment. M 🙂

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