One of the most iconic structures in Astoria turned 100 years old today.
March 9 marks the 100th anniversary of the official dedication and opening of the Hellgate Bridge. Several local organizations are planning celebrations in honor of the railroad bridge across the East River that has come to be a symbol for the neighborhood
The Greater Astoria Historical Society is throwing a birthday party for the bridge tonight, complete with cake and champagne. The celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society on the fourth floor of 35-20 Broadway, and will feature lectures on the history behind the bridge and its impact on Astoria and New York as a whole.
“Its engineering was absolutely unprecedented for its time and it is such a massive structure,” said local bridge expert Dave Frieder, who has climbed and photographed the Hellgate on numerous occasions and will be speaking at tonight’s celebration. “The Brooklyn Bridge is a peanut compared to the Hellgate.”