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.
Monday’s lecture is entitled Building The Hell Gate Bridge with Dave ‘The Bridge Man’ Frieder. He’ll be talking about the construction of the bridge, which is extremely sturdy. Discover Magazine once published a fairly famous assertion that if humans were to disappear, giving nature full run of the place, the Hell Gate Bridge would be the last to fall of all of NYC’s bridges. Monday’s lecture will also feature a special guest Allan Renz, grandson of bridge builder Gustav Lindenthal. Be sure to also check out the new exhibit up at the Historical Society, Building the Hell Gate Bridge – The Photography of Dave Frieder.