Our Mission Statement

“To properly honor the 100th Anniversary of the building of the Hellgate Bridge, an Iconic Local and Historic Landmark, through Community celebrations and events. To begin discussion and planning to tastefully light and paint the Bridge.

To disseminate information about the Hellgate and its history and lead the effort to maintain the structure and environs in a proper and safe manner for future generations of users”

Letter from the Director

100 years ago, something very monumental happened in our neighborhood that affected our country. It was one of the engineering marvels of a bygone century. It was the apex event of a transportation system that handled millions of tons of freight and untold thousands of passengers. It began with the building of, as one Amtrak engineer recently put it, ” a working monument”. This was no mere statue that was beautiful to look at or a plain, utilitarian road, this was a massive, very well engineered structure that was utilized every day in of one of the most heavily used transportation corridors of the world.

In a mere 5 years, within budget, a comparative bargain of $ 20 million dollars, with no computers and few machines, during a World War and in uncharted and rough waters, literally and figuratively, a new workhorse Bridge and approaches comprised of 80,000 tons of steel, 1.7 million rivets and countless tons of concrete,was built; within budget and on time, a feat unheard of today. A dedicated, visionary group of engineers with little or no formal training or degrees, working with proud American and Immigrant labor built, at the time, the world’s largest arch bridge, soon to be emulated by Australia’s Sidney Harbour Bridge. These engineers connected the two supports of a 1,790 foot span with only 5/16ths of an inch gap when the two sides finally met over the turbulent waters of New York’s East River, over the HellGate pass.

If you don’t believe me or numerous historians about the importance of the Hellgate span, you might want to believe the Nazis, who, upon our entry into WWII, set a bounty of sorts on the bridge because of its vital importance to the American war effort. They sent a secret team of Nazi sabouters, in an operation codenamed “Pastorius” , to blow up the bridge. Thanks to some eagle eyed Coast Guard patrols and Nazi defectors this, thank God, never happened. Imagine that it had…

So, peruse this Website, remember why we honor this bridge and more importantly, the character and vision of the people who built it 100 years ago.

Join us in the various events listed, visit our beautiful murals at the Base of the HG on Shore Blvd, Give us your photos, memories, feelings and thoughts; become an integral part of this year long celebration.

Sincerely,

Antonio Meloni

Honorary members

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Congressman Joseph Crowley

Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.

Councilman VanBramer

State Senator Peralta

Queens Boro President Melinda Katz

Senator Chuck Schumer

Sen Gillibrand

Assemblywoman Simotas

State Senator Gianaris

Councilman Constantinides

Members (in formation)

  • Michael Meloni
  • Angela Meloni
  • Sonja Mylonas
  • Ilija Sekulovski
  • Athena Lambrakis
  • Hanssel Mattai
  • Ryan Healy
  • WQ Gazette,Tony Barsamian
  • DNA JeanMarie Nevelly
  • Courier Angela Matua
  • Edward Babor
  • Pat Babor
  • Ann Bruno
  • Paul Halvatzis
  • Richard Khuzami
  • Jason Antos
  • Argyris, Peter
  • Athanasios Alexiou
  • Denise Meloni
  • Gianna Curcio
  • Corporal Brianna Maldonado USMC
  • Spiros the Olympian artist
  • Florence Koulounis
  • Peter Vallone Sr
  • Gildo Spadoni
  • John Pellitteri
  • Marta Gilpin
  • Thea Romano
  • Carol Ann Guzy
  • Georgia Gesker
  • Sean Clem
  • Norma Nieves Blas
  • Lucas Schaber
  • Jared Mestre
  • LuAnn Mestre
  • Edina Lehier
  • Mitch Waxman
  • Michael Florio
  • Sergeant Ruben Vasquez US Army
  • David Crum Commander CWV Astoria Post # 1
  • Ray Powers Commander American Legion Post 145
  • Debra Gilmore
  • Steve Hall
  • Eric Peterson NYC Parks
  • George Elia
  • Jonathan Kranz
  • Millie Mrvica
  • Katie Ellman
  • Anthony and Mark Corbisiero
  • Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune
  • Frank Miller
  • Fran Luhmann McDonald
  • Justin Green
  • Jerry Walsh
  • Jen Grunwald
  • Richard Melnick
  • Jen Grunwald
  • Stamatina Hapsis
  • Christina Sidoti
  • Rich Scarpitta
  • Jack Gilmore
  • Angela Donahue
  • Jessica Tusing
  • Angie Markham
  • Joe DiPietro
  • Jesse Gubert
  • Edina Leither
  • Jessica Roeder
  • Clare Doyle
  • Neil Herdan
  • Roberta Gualtieri
  • Dr Arthur Gualtieri
  • George Mirtsopoulous
  • Walter Karling
  • Eli Lazare
  • Benny Guerra
  • Dragon 76
  • Oliver Mosier
  • Dave Monaco
  • Joyce Zinzi
  • Krystin Martin
  • Lina Nudo
  • Christine Capandonis
  • Francie Scanlon
  • Angelina Nudo

Organizations (in formation)

  • Astoria Civic Association
  • New York Anti Crime
  • Astoria Park Alliance
  • Astoria LIC Kiwanis
  • 114th Community Council
  • Community Board # 1 Queens
  • Greek American Homeowners
  • Give Me Astoria
  • Friends of Whitey ford field
  • Senator Jose Peralta
  • Federation of Italian American Organizations
  • The Greek Federation
  • Amtrak
  • O’Connor & Tate: A Branding Agency
  • FDNY Battalion 49
  • NYPD 114th Precinct
  • NYC Parks / Astoria Park
  • CERT # 1/2 Community Emergency Response Team
  • Queens BP Melinda Katz
  • Hellgate RoadRunners
  • Old Astoria Neighborhood Association
  • Green Shores
  • Newtown Creek Alliance
  • Catholic War Veterans Post #1
  • Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
  • Knights Of Columbus I C
  • Variety Boys and Girls Club
  • Socrates Sculpture Park




3616 Astoria Boulevard South, Astoria 11103

Phone: 718.274.4926

E-mail: meloni25@iasny.org

Our mission

“To properly honor the 100th Anniversary of the building of the Hellgate Bridge, an Iconic Local and Historic Landmark, through Community celebrations and events.”

"To begin discussion and planning to tastefully light and paint the Bridge”

"To disseminate information about the Hellgate and its history and lead the effort to maintain the structure and environs in a proper and safe manner for future generations of users”