Happy Birthday to the Queensboro Bridge! Opened 107 Years Ago on This Date in 1909

Queensboro Bridge in 1908
Queensboro Bridge in 1908
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On this day 107 years ago, March 30th, 1909, the world's first double decker bridge opened up connecting the borough of Manhattan with the borough of Queens.

The Queensboro Bridge started construction in 1903, "but it would take until 1909 for the bridge to be completed due to delays from the collapse of an incomplete span during a windstorm and from labor unrest (including an attempt to dynamite one span). The bridge opened to the public on March 30, 1909, having cost about $18 million and 50 lives."

Check out the NYC.gov page on the Queensboro Bridge for more history on NYC's iconic East River crossing.

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Queensboro Bridge

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