2007-07-06 / Community

Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge Turns 70


Representatives from MTA Bridges and Tunnels and dozens of invited guests celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge on Tuesday, July 3. The event began with a motorcade of antique cars (seen here), which departed Floyd Bennett Field and crossed the 3,840-foot span before continuing to the Bathhouse at Jacob Riis Park where a ceremony took place. All photos by Brian Magoolaghan. Representatives from MTA Bridges and Tunnels and dozens of invited guests celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge on Tuesday, July 3. The event began with a motorcade of antique cars (seen here), which departed Floyd Bennett Field and crossed the 3,840-foot span before continuing to the Bathhouse at Jacob Riis Park where a ceremony took place. All photos by Brian Magoolaghan. Barbara Larkin, president of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association and Jonathan Gaska, District Manager of Community Board 14, attended the event. Barbara Larkin, president of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association and Jonathan Gaska, District Manager of Community Board 14, attended the event. The Peninsula Performing Arts Conservatory, directed by Michael Finnegan, drew rounds of hearty applause for their renditions of patriotic songs, including "America the Beautiful." The Peninsula Performing Arts Conservatory, directed by Michael Finnegan, drew rounds of hearty applause for their renditions of patriotic songs, including "America the Beautiful." City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. (right) and Danny Ruscillo, president of the 100 Precinct Community Council, crossed the bridge in this 1932 Plymouth. City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. (right) and Danny Ruscillo, president of the 100 Precinct Community Council, crossed the bridge in this 1932 Plymouth. Guests examine the photographic exhibit inside the bathhouse at Jacob Riis Park, which celebrates both the 75th anniversary of the park and the 70th anniversary of the bridge. Guests examine the photographic exhibit inside the bathhouse at Jacob Riis Park, which celebrates both the 75th anniversary of the park and the 70th anniversary of the bridge. City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. (left) speaks with Joan and Gil Hodges Jr., the wife and son of the late Brooklyn Dodgers' first baseman and New York Mets manager. The span was renamed in his honor in 1978. City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. (left) speaks with Joan and Gil Hodges Jr., the wife and son of the late Brooklyn Dodgers' first baseman and New York Mets manager. The span was renamed in his honor in 1978. Jodee Timpone, the Choral Director for P.S./M.S. 114 Q, sings "The Star-Spangled Banner." Jodee Timpone, the Choral Director for P.S./M.S. 114 Q, sings "The Star-Spangled Banner." Guests enjoyed slices of the bridge's red, white and blue birthday cake. Guests enjoyed slices of the bridge's red, white and blue birthday cake. Billy Garrett, the Deputy General Superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area (right), admires an antique beauty before the ceremony. Billy Garrett, the Deputy General Superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area (right), admires an antique beauty before the ceremony.

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