by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke
When City Parks Commissioner and master builder Robert Moses officially opened and then crossed the Marine Parkway Bridge in 1937, there was a fifteen-cent toll to pay. In none of the news reports of the day does it say that any official car that crossed the bridge that day actually paid the toll.
The same went for the opening of Cross Bay Bridge in 1939.
Only the common people that Moses barely tolerated (namely us) had to pay ten cents to cross that bridge.
Since that time (the late 1930s), the toll on both bridges has gone up 1000 percent plus! There are even some who call this extortion!
There have been vain attempts to have all the tolls eliminated, but all we have are discount tickets, and free tolls with E-Z Pass on the Cross Bay Bridge and then only if you are a Rockaway or Broad Channel resident.
Many think that it is useless to continue to fight for the elimination of the tolls completely, but with the population of the peninsula increasing, many new and young voices have yet to be heard!
The two photos published today in Historical Views are of the Cross Bay Bridge tollgates on the Broad Channel side of the crossing.
Old landmarks shown in Broad Channel are the Munley/Murphy Carousel and the Broad Channel Bathing Beach on the left side of the toll plaza photos.