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Ralph Greene

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge

New York City, New York, USA

September 19, 2004, 3:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

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© 2004 Ralph Greene, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

The George Washington Bridge crosses the Hudson River between Fort Lee, NJ and Upper Manhattan in New York City. The bridge was designed by Swiss-American engineer Othmar H. Ammann, then-Chief Engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Ammann's design called for an extraordinary 3,500-foot center span suspended between two 570' steel towers (seen here enclosed by scaffolding as part of the Port Authority's repainting project). The bridge was first opened to traffic on October 25, 1931; however, volume required that two additional lanes be added in 1946. As the traffic volume continued to grow, on August 29, 1962, the Lower Level was opened. This made the George Washington Bridge one of the world's busiest bridges and the world's only 14-lane suspension bridge.

The Little Red Lighthouse stands proudly beneath the George Washington Bridge on the New York shore. The children's book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge by Hildegarde Swift taught us that all things big or small have a important place in our world.

When the light was commissioned in 1921 she served the Hudson River mariners, until the USCG deactivated it in 1947. Swift's book played a major role in saving the light. Millions of children who loved The Little Red Lighthouse story spoke out when the USCG wanted to sell and dismantle the light.

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Location

USA-Canada / USA-New York

Lat: 40° 51' 0" N
Long: 73° 56' 49" W

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

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Equipment

Nikon D-100, 8mm Sigma lens, Kaidan panoramic head. Stitched with PTGui/Panorama Tools, converted to QuickTimeVR with PanoCube.
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