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The Longest Bridge in the Western Hemisphere

Although not as iconic as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Verrazano is famous in its own right as the longest bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

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We spent an hour in Manhattan traffic yesterday on our way to and from Josh Hadar's SoHo studio (more on that to come), and it was no fun. Instead of suffering through another morning of Canal Street gridlock, we decided to start our coast-to-coast trek by heading south through Brooklyn and over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island. Although not as iconic as the Brooklyn or heavily trafficked as the Manhattan, the Verrazano Bridge is famous in its own right as the longest bridge in the Western Hemisphere. The bridge is so long, in fact, that the curvature of the earth had to be taken into account when calculating the distance between the support towers. Here’s another crazy fact: the roadway is 12 feet lower in the summer than in winter because of the contraction and expansion of the cables.

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