Vintage Aerial Photograph of Bay Ridge, Staten Island, and Verrazano Bridge Under Construction in 1963

May 17, 1963: A view of sleepy Staten Island and “The Bridge — the $325,000,000 Verrazano-Narrows span, which will join Fort Wadsworth on the island with Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn when it is completed.” The booming growth of the island chagrined some, who “gloomily forecast intolerable overcrowding of schools, stores, living space and roads. They are less sanguine than the enthusiasts about the solution of such problems as lack of sewers, of final mapping and paving of streets and of ‘City Hall red tape’ that discourages prospective industrial development.”
May 17, 1963: A view of sleepy Staten Island and “The Bridge — the $325,000,000 Verrazano-Narrows span, which will join Fort Wadsworth on the island with Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn when it is completed.” The booming growth of the island chagrined some, who “gloomily forecast intolerable overcrowding of schools, stores, living space and roads. They are less sanguine than the enthusiasts about the solution of such problems as lack of sewers, of final mapping and paving of streets and of ‘City Hall red tape’ that discourages prospective industrial development.”
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Today's posting features a shot from May 17th, 1963 showing an aerial view from over Brooklyn of Bay Ridge, Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, and the Verrazano Bridge under construction.

May 17, 1963: A view of sleepy Staten Island and “The Bridge — the $325,000,000 Verrazano-Narrows span, which will join Fort Wadsworth on the island with Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn when it is completed.” The booming growth of the island chagrined some, who “gloomily forecast intolerable overcrowding of schools, stores, living space and roads. They are less sanguine than the enthusiasts about the solution of such problems as lack of sewers, of final mapping and paving of streets and of ‘City Hall red tape’ that discourages prospective industrial development.”

The original article from 1963 has more.

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