Kosciuszko A Go Go!

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A bi-borough celebration as Brooklyn and Queens united to celebrate the opening of the new span of the Kosciuszko Bridge. To celebrate the Polish heritage of the bridge’s namesake and community Krakowianki and Gorale (pictured lower right) performed at the ribbon cutting. [Inset image: Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, Polish Consul General Maciej, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz happily cut the ribbon for the new span of the Kosciuszko Bridge.]
The first new span (with three lanes) of Kosciuszko Bridge opened to traffic at around midnight on April 28th.  Earlier that day Governor Andrew Cuomo drove the spirit of FDR on this bi-borough bridge via the former NY governor and 32nd president’s 1932 Packard (borrowed from the NY State Museum).  Attendants representing Queens walked Brooklyn bound across the new span while attendants representing Brooklyn walked Queens bound. All met in the middle for the festivities that included a celebration of Polish heritage, a marching band, and a ribbon cutting. Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, Polish Consul General Maciej, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senator Martin Malave Dilan, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz were among the officials that participated.

The opening of this span is the stuff of heaven to drivers who regularly cross the Kosciuszko.

“Transportation liberation!” exclaimed Enrique Vazquez, St. Nicks Alliance’s data administrator who crosses the bridge regularly in his work week commute.

 

 

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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