2012-07-06 / Top Stories

Photo Exhibit Marks MPB 75th Birthday


Left, Gil Hodges Jr. speaks to the crowd at Seaside Library on Tuesday afternoon. He is the son of beloved Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman and former Mets manager Gil Hodges for whom the Marine Park Bridge is named. Left, Gil Hodges Jr. speaks to the crowd at Seaside Library on Tuesday afternoon. He is the son of beloved Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman and former Mets manager Gil Hodges for whom the Marine Park Bridge is named. The MTA in conjunction with the Rockaway Artists Alliance will be presenting an historic photo exhibit to commemorate the 75th birthday of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

In an opening reception attended by the son of the beloved Gil Hodges, MTA officials spoke about the significance the bridge had on the development and expansion of the Rockaway community during an opening reception at Seaside Library on Tuesday.

The exhibit chronicles the early days of the bridge which connected Brooklyn from the southern end of Flatbush Avenue to Jacob Riis Park in Queens when it was opened to traffic on July 3, 1937.

At the time that it was built, it was the longest lift span bridge.

The exhibit will be open every day at the Seaside Library located at 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. In Addition, it will be open on the weekends courtesy of the Rockaway Artists Alliance at the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden.

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