Cuomo Announces Arrival of New Bridge

There’s a new bridge in town, and it’s named after the current governor’s father, Mario M. Cuomo. The bridge opened last weekend on September 8th, and consists of four lanes of eastbound traffic, as well as a commuter bus service between Rockland and Westchester that will open on October 29th.

“The new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is a testament to New York’s world-renowned history of ambitious building projects,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “The new bridge is helping to reduce traffic and make transportation easier for New Yorkers.”

The project will include shoulders, dedicated bus lanes, and a bike and walking path for those traveling without a vehicle. A map of the final plan can be viewed here. The new bridge was recognized by President Obama, who put the project at the top of his list of “critical” infrastructure projects.

“The Governor Mario m. Cuomo Bridge embodies New York’s greatness and shows the world that we’re capable of dreaming big and delivering results for the people of this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “This iconic, state-of-the-art twin-span structure will improve traffic flow, support the regions economy, and is part of New York’s aggressive $100 billion infrastructure plan to sustain growth for generations.”

In addition, a contest will be held to commission two brand new sculptures to be placed on either end of the bridge. Further details about the contest will be announced at a later date.

De Blasio Announces Makeover for Grand Army Plaza

Last week, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that a 8.9 million dollar renovation project will be taking place in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. The project will include a restoration of the Soldiers and Sailers Memorial Arch, as well as maintenance of the surrounding area.

According to the Commissioner of Parks, Mitch Silver, the arch has not been majorly restored in nearly forty years, and with De Blasio’s investment, the public will soon be able to take tours of the inside of the arch. The funds will be used to replace vital structures, such as the roof and both the interior and exterior lighting systems.

“This whole park needs to be great for the whole community…” said De Blasio. “This [the arch] is iconic, it’s one of the great symbols for Brooklyn. But even iconic symbols need help.”

In addition, two new Flatbush Avenue entrances to Prospect Park will be created, one close to Grand Army Plaza, and one just north of the zoo. A complete description of the renovation plans can be found on the Prospect Park website.