Let’s Party Like It Is 1916 At The Hell Gate Bridge!
By Ilija Sekulovski
This Saturday, September 10th, 2016, in celebration of the famous Hell Gate Bridge, originally the New York Connecting Railroad Bridge or The East River Arch Bridge, a 1,017-foot steel through arch railroad bridge in New York City will be honored in a kickoff of a series of events for its 100th birthday. The ceremony/event is one day before September 11th, and the organizers of the event are planning a ‘Day of remembrance and Service’ for victim’s families, first responders, and veterans.
The service ceremony will kick off at 10am on Shore Blvd. (between Ditmars Blvd and Hoyt Ave.) at the Veterans Memorial on Saturday, Sept. 10th.
After that local youth volunteers from the NYPD Explorers program, which teaches the importance of higher education, self-discipline, and respect for authority while actively participating in Community Service projects and other events, will start cleaning, scraping and painting the North face of the Hellgate Bridge; 1,550 Square feet of masonry wall.
Once the cleanup is completed, sometime in October, the Hell Gate Centenary Group and local artists, Lady Pink and Roger Smith will be painting community-themed murals designed by artists from the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
This celebration is being held in conjunction with a series of events, such as walking and Historical tours by the Astoria Historical Society and Shore events by the Astoria Park Alliance.
This may be one of the last great weekends we have remaining for Summer 2016, so why not end it by celebrating and remembering.
Where & When: 10am on Shore Blvd. (between Ditmars Blvd and Hoyt Ave.) at the Veterans Memorial on Saturday, Sept. 10th.
See you there!