THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOS
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Built in 1911 and located in the Hudson River, the 69th Street Transfer Bridge was used to transfer railroad cars from the NY Central Rail Line to barges which crossed the Hudson to Weehawken. At the time, its link-span design - which kept the boxcars from falling into the river while being loaded - was considered quite innovative. Today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is preserved in Riverside Park at 69th Street and the Westside Highway.
One warm, misty November Sunday afternoon, I headed down there to photograph this piece of history. Particularly interesting for me, is the juxtaposition of the old decaying structure of 19th Century innovation and modern gleaming high rises of the Upper Westside.