Above New York: New York Central Railroad 69th Street Transfer Bridge on UWS

Photo: Viewing NYC

The 69th Street Transfer Bridge is a historic piece of urban industrial art sitting in the Hudson River off of Riverside Park on the Upper West Side.

Once an integral piece of infrastructure for the New York Central Railroad, the Transfer Bridge used to allow special barges loaded with train cars to cross the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York City. It fell into disuse in the early 1970s after the New York Central Railroad went out of business, and sat abandoned in the river for three decades.

When renovating Riverside Park in the early 2000s, the 69th Street Transfer Bridge was cleaned up and scrubbed of graffiti, leaving a remarkably intact structure behind. In 2003, the Transfer Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

See the 69th Street Transfer Bridge from all angles in this brief aerial video from our Above New York series.

The music featured in the video is Pryces — "Rainy Day"

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