2006-01-20 / Columnists

The Old Crossover Bridge At Beach 94-95 Streets, Shorefront Parkway

Again, my thanks to the Wheeler family of Long Island, for sending in a few pictures of the old Crossover Bridge, built over the Shorefront Parkway between Beach 94 and 95 Streets. The bridge led to the boardwalk, over the state of the art interchange for Shorefront traffic, built by Robert Moses when he destroyed Rockaway Beach for his ego road.

Although you have seen postcard views east and west from the top of the crossover, there are no full views of the structure found as yet. Keep looking!!

Views today shows a lovely young lady (Mrs. Wheeler) posing on the bridge in the new Easter coat made by her mother (remember the days when people did make things they needed?). The year is 1944.

In both views we are looking east from the top of the stairway to the boardwalk at Beach 94 Street.

The bridge was damaged by storms and fires, declared unsafe, and torn down in the 1950s.

The third picture today is an aerial oblique of the site in the early 1960s. The bridgestowe (archaic English for “the place of the bridge”) is the blank rectangle marker on the photo. A sidewalk to the boards is the replacement from Beach 94 Street at the right hand corner. Note the traffic patterns left by engine oil on the concrete roadway.

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