George Washington Bridge

The George Washington Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects the West side of Manhattan with New Jersey, crossing the Hudson River around 179th street. The design features a 3,500-foot-long main span and two 630-foot side spans. The GWB was designed by Othmar Ammann and opened on October 25, 1931. A lower deck was added along with redesigned approaches that were completed August 29, 1962.

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George Washington Bridge
Sunset view from the north in Inwood Hill Park
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Sunset view from the north in Inwood Hill Park
Morning view from the south in Riverside Park
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Morning view from the south in Riverside Park
Standard photo view from a park SE of the bridge
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Standard photo view from a park SE of the bridge
View from northeast
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View from northeast
Airplane shot
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Airplane shot

The area underneath bridges is often a scene of neglect with vestiges of earlier incarnations and failed plans. The GWB is no exception. There is a completely open pathway that leads under the Henry Hudson parkway and provides unrestricted access to the wild area by the Hudson River. On the day I visited, there was a cock calmly strutting under the highway - probably an escapee from a live poultry shop or clandestine cock fighting establishment.

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George Washington Bridge
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Puente con Pollo
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Puente con Pollo
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Homeless
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Homeless

Under the northbound highway is a spooky ornate stairway and abandoned fountain that were probably part of the park that existed here before the bridge was built. The top of the stairway dead ends into the highway. On the day I visited there appeared to be someone on the shoulder of the highway urinating. I didn't stay to investigate further.

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George Washington Bridge
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George Washington Bridge
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The Little Red Lighthouse is located under the GWB on the Manhattan side. For more information, see my Fort Washington Park page.

The GWB bus terminal was built when the lower deck was added to the bridge in 1962. The building was designed by Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi and and opened January 13, 1963. The building is constructed of steel-reinforced concrete trusses that are cantilevered from supports in the median of the Trans-Manhattan Expressway that passes underneath the station with traffic from the bridge. It is a surprisingly well-preserved relic of dreary modernist architecture, aided in it's endurance by the fact that very few Jersey residents want to take a 30-minute bus trip and still have a 30-minute subway ride to their final Manhattan destination.

GWB Bus Terminal
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GWB Bus Terminal
GWB Bus Terminal
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GWB Bus Terminal
GWB Bus Terminal
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GWB Bus Terminal
GWB Bus Terminal
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GWB Bus Terminal
GWB Bus Terminal
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GWB Bus Terminal
GWB Bus Terminal
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GWB Bus Terminal
Escalators to lanes 20/21
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Escalators to lanes 20/21
Stairs to lanes 23/24
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Stairs to lanes 23/24
Bus lanes
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Bus lanes
Bus lanes
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Bus lanes
Bus lanes ceiling
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Bus lanes ceiling
Waiting room
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Waiting room
George Washington bust
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George Washington bust
Othmar Amman bust
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Othmar Amman bust

On the afternoon of May 12, 2005, a 90-foot-tall retaining wall just north of the GWB collapsed sending a torrent of rocks, dirt and trees across the Henry Hudson Parkway below. The wall was built around 1908 and supported a small private park between high-rise buildings on Cabrini Boulevard. Serendipitously, I had passed that wall a month earlier and, struck by it's age and fearsome height, took some photos of it. After the fall, I returned on Friday the 13th and the following Monday, after much of the spillage had been cleaned up and stabilized.

George Washington Bridge
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George Washington Bridge
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Notice the bulge!
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Notice the bulge!
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Cleanup in the private park
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Cleanup in the private park
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George Washington Bridge
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George Washington Bridge
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