The span of the Hell Gate Bridge is familiar to anyone who has walked along the waterfront in Astoria Park.

The largest of three iconic bridges that form the Hell Gate complex, it is probably most recognizable for its metal arches and masonry towers but unlike its neighbors, it is barely visible at night.

“I’ve lived in Astoria for 45 years,” Antonio Meloni, director of New York Anti Crime, said. “Everyone knows the Hell Gate. It seems like every time you see a TV show or watch a movie, they always use it as a backdrop, which is really nice.”

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