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Athena Lambrakis Becomes Youngest Person To Receive State Citation For Service

Athena Lambrakis Becomes Youngest Person To Receive State Citation For Service

Athena Lambrakis was honored for her contribution to the community.   And she’s only six months old. The Astoria native became the youngest ever to receive a New York State Citation, presented to her by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas.

The Assemblywoman recognized Athena for participating in the Day Of Service and Remembrance in Astoria Park on September 9. The event honored the Hell Gate Bridge’s 100th Anniversary, U.S. veterans and 9/11 remembrance.

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Hell Gate Centennial Committee Holds Anniversary Fun Run

Hell Gate Centennial Committee Holds Anniversary Fun Run

The Hell Gate Bridge’s 100th anniversary was celebrated in Astoria Park with the Hell Gate Road Runners, a Kids’ 100-Meter Dash and a 5K Fun Run through the park. The event also included a Little Ones Parade and a special Veterans’ Memorial Service. The first 300 participants received special T-shirts with the Hell Gate Centennial logo on it. The new mural celebrating the centennial was also unveiled beneath the bridge along its anchorage on Shore Boulevard, just 100 yards down from the park’s entrance.

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Best Photos of the Hell Gate Bridge Sought for Centennial Celebration

Best Photos of the Hell Gate Bridge Sought for Centennial Celebration

ASTORIA — The Hell Gate Bridge is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and a neighborhood group is asking residents to submit their best photos of the span as part of the ongoing centennial celebration.

The Hell Gate Centennial Committee, which formed last year to organize events around the anniversary, is hosting a photo contest from now through the fall to find the best images of the East River span, which opened in 1917.

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New Murals Celebrate Hell Gate Bridge Centennial

New Murals Celebrate Hell Gate Bridge Centennial

The base of the Hell Gate Bridge is getting a new look as it celebrates its 100th birthday.

The New York Anti-Crime Agency teamed up with artists from all over the world to beautify the base of the bridge in Astoria Park. The Agency holds safety seminars and graffiti cleanup project in the neighborhood and across the city.

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Hell Gate Bridge’s Centennial Has Strong Astoria Connection

Hell Gate Bridge’s Centennial Has Strong Astoria Connection

One of the most important architectural sites on the East River is turning 100 years old.  Borough Reporter Ruschell Boone has more on the Hell Gate Bridge and its significance to the city and one Queens community.

It’s one of the city’s iconic structures, and a symbol of Astoria Queens. The Hell Gate Bridge has been the backdrop to movies like the comedy “Queens Logic” and the 1973 classic “Serpico”.

For the people who live here, the bridge has a different role as a centerpiece of so many memories.

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Astoria’s Hell Gate Bridge Turns 100 This Week

Astoria’s Hell Gate Bridge Turns 100 This Week

Paragraph Summary: Happy birthday, Hell Gate!The Hell Gate Bridge, which stretches over the East River from Astoria to Wards Island, will celebrate its 100th year on Thursday, marking a century since officials celebrated its opening with a dedication ceremony in 1917.

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THE HELL GATE BRIDGE IS HAVING A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION TO CELEBRATE ITS 100TH BIRTHDAY (GiveMeAstoria.com)

THE HELL GATE BRIDGE IS HAVING A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION TO CELEBRATE ITS 100TH BIRTHDAY (GiveMeAstoria.com)

New York City’s iconic Hell Gate Bridge is celebrating 100 years this year and what better way to mark the occasion than with a huge Photography and Logo competition. The competition is open to all photographers, professional or amateur. All logo designers and artists will also get a chance to enter their created logo concepts. Categories for the photography portion of the competition vary from; Sunsets, to Seasonal or Artistic where anything goes. read more…

Hell Gate Bridge, a Good Place to Hide From Zombies, Turns 100 (nytimes.com)

Hell Gate Bridge, a Good Place to Hide From Zombies, Turns 100 (nytimes.com)

Allan Renz laughed at the question: Would people care as much about one of the bridges his grandfather designed if the word “Heck” were in its name, instead of “Hell”?

“The rhythm of ‘Heck’ doesn’t work,” said Mr. Renz, whose grandfather was the civil engineer Gustav Lindenthal, who had a hand in the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Queensboro Bridges and was New York City’s first bridge commissioner.

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Hell Gate Bridge may go to the light side (qchron.com)

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.” read more…

Queens officials call for a paint job of Astoria’s Hell Gate Bridge (qns.com)

Queens officials call for a paint job of Astoria’s Hell Gate Bridge (qns.com)

Officials are calling on Amtrak to provide the ultimate birthday present to an iconic structure in Queens.

The Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria will turn 100 years old on Sept. 30, and some argue that “the patchwork of pink, beige and brown” coating is unsightly and not representative of the historic bridge.

Congressman Joseph Crowley, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Councilman Costa Constantinides sent a letter to Amtrak President Joseph H. Boardman to ask the agency for a makeover.

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Hike To Hell Gate (queensscene.com)

Hike To Hell Gate (queensscene.com)

Socrates Sculpture Park was the rallying point on March 25th for a group of some 75 people who braved cool weather for the Hike to Hell Gate, a guided historical photo-walk commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Hell Gate Bridge. The walk was sponsored by the Greater Astoria Historical Society, in collaboration with Queenscapes, a community based organization that creates photography programs for schools and community organizations, and A Story of Astoria, an Instagram account (@astoryofastoria) devoted to the Astoria neighborhood.

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Year-Long Celebration Planned For Hell Gate Bridge Centennial (qgazette.com)

Year-Long Celebration Planned For Hell Gate Bridge Centennial (qgazette.com)

The Centennial celebration of the Hell Gate Bridge is officially underway, with several events taking place now until the fall. On September 9, in conjunction with the 9/11 memorial ceremonies, a day of service will be held in Astoria Park. Additional events to mark the 100th anniversary of bridge engineer Gustav Lindenthal’s masterpiece include a 5K Run, featuring the ACA Bike Race, the Hell Gate Road Runners and the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens; and later in the year a classic car show, fireworks celebration and concert.

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THE HELL GATE BRIDGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION CONTINUES (weheartastoria.com)

THE HELL GATE BRIDGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION CONTINUES (weheartastoria.com)

The Hell Gate Bridge is one of the most distinctive symbols of Astoria, and we are approaching its centennial. Two dates are important in the bridge’s history—construction on the bridge ended September 30, 1916 (100 years ago today!) and it was dedicated and opened on March 9, 1917. Events marking this anniversary started earlier this month with a walking tour in Astoria Park, and the celebration continues next Monday, October 3 at 6:30pm with a lecture and an exhibit at the Greater Astoria Historical Society.

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Great bridge (newtownpentacle.com)

Great bridge (newtownpentacle.com)

Happy official anniversary of the first train crossing of the Hell Gate Bridge! Personally, I’m going to attend the celebratory soirée at Greater Astoria Historic Society tonight, where Dave “the Bridgeman” Frieder is going to be talking. Dave Freider is a photographer and historian who probably knows more about this subject than anyone else alive, and he was featured in a recent NY Times article on the subject as well.

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Hell Gate Centennial (qgazette.com)

Hell Gate Centennial (qgazette.com)

Socrates Sculpture Park was the rallying point on March 25th for a group of some 75 people who braved cool weather for the Hike to Hell Gate, a guided historical photo-walk commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Hell Gate Bridge. The walk was sponsored by the Greater Astoria Historical Society, in collaboration with Queenscapes, a community-based organization that creates photography programs for schools and community organizations, and A Story of Astoria, an Instagram account (@astoryofastoria) devoted to the Astoria neighborhood.

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Happy 100th, Hell Gate Bridge (archidose)

Happy 100th, Hell Gate Bridge (archidose)

The Queens neighborhood of Astoria may have some ugly architecture, but it’s got one of the best bridges in all five boroughs. The Hell Gate Bridge, designed by Gustav Lindenthal, was dedicated 100 years ago today. It may not be as famous as the Brooklyn Bridge, or even the nearby Triborough Bridge (now RFK Triborough Bridge), but it’s something for the neighborhood to be proud of. And if it looks a lot like the Sydney Harbour Bridge that’s not a coincidence; Hell Gate inspired that later, larger span.

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Hell Gate Bridge Is 100 Years Old (theartsmechanical)

Hell Gate Bridge Is 100 Years Old (theartsmechanical)

No Zombies in sight. The bridge seems  to empty of zombies, the NY Times notwithstanding.

Which is a good thing because they would block traffic across this essential connection. The Hell Gate Bridge and the NY connecting RR are the connecting link for what would become the Northeast corridor and they make though passenger and freight traffic from the South to New England possible. This was a very expensive undertaking as the track bed had to be raised high enough to clear shipping traffic.

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The Hell Gate Bridge Celebrates Its Centennial (tsctrainingacademy.com)

The Hell Gate Bridge Celebrates Its Centennial (tsctrainingacademy.com)

One of our local icons is celebrating their centennial. No, it’s not a local celebrity, instead, we’re celebrating the Hell Gate Bridge’s 100th “birthday” today, March 9th. The Hell Gate Bridge was originally conceived to connect New York and the Pennsylvania Railroad with New England and the New Haven Railroad. Since first opening for rail traffic on March 9, 1917, the Hell Gate Bridge has become one of Queen’s most iconic structures.

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Hell Gate Bridge Centennial Celebration Walking Tour (randallsisland.org)

Hell Gate Bridge Centennial Celebration Walking Tour (randallsisland.org)

April 1, 1917 marks the date of the first passenger train to make its way over the newly constructed Hell gate Bridge.

Come join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance – exactly 100 years later – on a tour to celebrate this iconic structure! We’ll start at the Randall’s Island Connector and follow the bridge’s epic arches from north to south, ending at its longest and most grandiose span near the Randall’s Island Urban Farm. read more…

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”