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title: arches of steel, image of verrazano narrows bridge

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CEREMONIES DURING THE BRIDGE'S CONSTRUCTION

Naming
The Italian Historical Society of America campaigned for naming the bridge after Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor. Other names advocated for were: The Gateway Bridge, Freedom Bridge, Neptune Bridge, New World Bridge, and The Narrows Bridge.

Ground Breaking Ceremony, [August 13, 1959]

image of book cover
Guthridge, Richard C.. New York City: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Ground Breaking August 13, 1959. New York: Triborogh Bridge and Tunnel Authority, 1959. Front cover. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
image of book cover
Guthridge, Richard C.. New York City: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Ground Breaking August 13, 1959. New York: Triborogh Bridge and Tunnel Authority, 1959. Back cover. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
Cable Spinning, [March 7, 1963]
image of cover of a pamphlet from the dedication ceremony, with an image of the bridge
Triborough Bridges and Tunnels Authority. First Cable Spinning, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. New York: Triborough Bridges and Tunnels Authority, 1963. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.

Bridge Dedication, [November 21, 1964]

"For more than four years the fabled Statue of Liberty...has watched with fascination the spinning of cables of this new Colossus which has dwarfed navies and cargos of commerce and brought a new dimension to the greatest seaport in the world."
Robert Moses, November 21, 1964

image of verrazano-narrows bridge and statue of liberty
Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Association. Spanning the Narrows. New York: Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, 1964. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
image of puboication from triborough bridge and tunnel authority for the dedication ceremony
Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Association. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Dedication, November 21, 1964. New York: Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, 1964. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
image of "spanning the narrows" a publication by the MTA
Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Association. Spanning the Narrows. New York: Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, 1964. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
image of invitation to the dedication ceremony
Opening ceremony invitation. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
image of invitation to the dedication ceremony
image of invitation to the dedication ceremony
Opening ceremony invitation to special guests. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
image of invitation to the dedication ceremony
Map included with opening ceremony invitation. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
image of the publication "The story of the verrazano-narrows bridge"
United States Steel. The Story of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
images taken from "the story of the verrazano-narrows bridge"
United States Steel. The Story of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.
image of workers medal

Medal awarded to the builders of the the bridge in 1964, front. MTA Bridges and Tunnels Special Archive.

image of workers medal, back
Medal awarded to the builders of the the bridge in 1964, back. MTA Bridges and Tunnels Special Archive.

| home | the narrows | from transportation asset to barrier | winning support for the bridge |
| construction | dedication | assessment | image gallery | bibliography | credits |

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