In our series Beyond the Village and Back, we take a look at some great landmarks throughout New York City outside of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, celebrate their special histories, and reveal their (sometimes hidden) connections to the Village.
The Queensboro Bridge, built in 1909, was the first bridge connecting Queens to Manhattan. Directly connecting Midtown Manhattan to booming Long Island City and used by millions of commuters each year, this amazing and still free bridge is also an architectural and engineering marvel. While perhaps not quite as beloved as the Brooklyn Bridge, its certainly near and dear to the hearts of many New Yorkers, and has developed its own revered spot in the popular consciousness over the years. There may be other quicker or more convenient ways to get across the East River, but many chose to drive, bike, walk or run across the bridge because of the magnificent views of the East River, Roosevelt Island, and Manhattan it affords and the beautiful iron latticework with which it surrounds commuters.
While the bridge goes nowhere near the neighborhood, the bridge does in fact owe a fair share of its mythic status to Greenwich Village.