Along the Hudson

Tappan Zee Bridge

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Tappan Zee Bridge, Hudson River, Tarrytown NY



Continuing my “Series” of “Along the Hudson” – I would be remiss in leaving out this beautiful shot of the “Tappan Zee Bridge”!

In 1950, with the increasing demands for commuter travel taxing the existing bridges and tunnels, near mid-town NYC, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had plans in 1950 to construct a bridge across the Hudson in connecting Westchester County to Rockland County. It was finally decided to construct the Tappan Zee Bridge, named after a New York tribe from the area called “Tappan); (25 mi from NYC) connecting Tarrytown, NY across the River to Nyack, NY connecting the two Counties and chosen to be as close as possible to the New York City area. 

Construction started in March 1952 and the bridge opened to traffic on December 15, 1955, along with a 27-mile (43 km) long section of the New York State Thruway.  The site of the Bridge, stretches across the widest part of the Hudson River, measuring 3 mi in length (one of the widest Bridges in the US).

Built to last approximately 50 years, due to material shortages during the Korean War; no one anticipated the amount of traffic it would generate connecting a faster route from New York to New Jersey. Anyone who has driven across this Bridge knows that the average rush-hour time can be at least one hour to cross the Bridge. Unfortunately, the Bridge has not withstood the span of time with deteriorating roadways, with erosion underneath the Bridge. 

Although most of my friends are afraid to cross the Bridge, to me it is such a beautiful experience.  On a beautiful sunny day, I feel as if I am suspended in space and can touch the clouds.  Driving North, if one looks to the left you can see the Skyline of Manhattan, while looking to the right you will see as far as Albany.

“All things shall pass” – about 2 years ago, construction started to build a new Bridge which towers over the beauty of the present Bridge.  Started in 2015, and to be concluded in 2018, one can see from the photo showing a part of the construction, how it completely hides the beauty of the original Tappan Zee Bridge.


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Construction of the “New” Tappan Zee Bridge




About Pamela Baker

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in various crafts. After crocheting for many years, recently I started designing OOAK jewelry pieces, always learning new techniques as I continued. I also have always loved to write, so I look forward to being a part of this Blog as one it's contributors. As a lifelong resident of NY, I am busy with my two shops on Etsy: MagdaleneJewels (OOAK designed jewelry items: Necklace,Bracelets, Earrings,rings): also, MagdaleneKnits (Crocheted & Knitted items for Newborns to Adults) I can also be found on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Word Press, YouTube. My Blogs are: I also intend to bring tutorials to help you develop your Shops more effectively to increase your Views and Sales on the various mediums you may be selling your work on. I am always a convo or email away if you have any specific questions I can help you with.
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8 Responses to Along the Hudson

  1. marciamckinzie says:

    Lovely! You take amazing photos!

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  2. modestly says:

    Wow! Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. natashalh says:

    Interesting! I didn’t know they were building a replacement. We used to drive from SC up to Connecticut and/or Massachusetts every summer, and we’d usually end up taking the Tappan Zee instead of the GW. Charleston, SC had a pair of old bridges (one called creatively nicknamed “the old bridge” and the other “the new bridge”) that they finally finished replacing while I was in college. The old bridge was opened in 1929 and knowing you’d have to drive back downtown across it made you think twice about heading over the river!

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  4. Pamela Baker says:

    How ironic that you used to take the TZB – a much better choice than the GW! You also know how beautiful the scene of the Hudson River was being so very high up. Hopefully you never got caught in the hour long wait just to get on the Bridge. Of course with the construction, it isn’t helping. Personally, I will miss my many travel across the Tappan Zee!


  5. Duni Buesken says:

    That bridge looks amazing! I hope they will re-build in a similar style 🙂

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  6. Pamela Baker says:

    Unfortunately, if you see the picture at the bottom of the new construction – it is horrendous! The current Bridge was so beautiful as you can see; but the aesthetics of the new construction just don’t go with the antique beauty of the small towns along the Hudson!


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