03 October 2008

left turn to jersey

Under the Riverside Viaduct on West 12th Avenue / New York, New York
Every weekday morning, I drive along West 12th under this viaduct to access the West Side Highway on my way to work. I continue to marvel at the engineering feat of this and other viaducts of similar design in the city - I never seem to tire looking at them. The Riverside viaduct was built in 1900 to connect the Upper West Side with Washington Heights, essentially extending the then-existing Riverside Drive along the Hudson River. An issue of the Scientific American magazine in 1900 remarked that the Riverside Drive Viaduct's completion afforded New Yorkers “a continuous drive of ten miles along the picturesque banks of the Hudson and Harlem Rivers.”

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