The commission’s celebration timing upset us then, and it still upset us enough on its actual birthday — December 31 — that we braved the morning snowstorm to hold a small party for a bridge generally overlooked by its more famous neighbor, the Brooklyn Bridge.
In addition to cake, we crafted commemorative booklets that deemed recipients as a ‘travel hero’ for celebrating on the actual birthday. (Overstock copies will be sold for $150 each next December 31.*)
The party also marked the debut of the first, as we know it, song dedicated — with lyrics — to Manhattan Bridge. We asked local musician Beau Scott Jennings to write one — suggesting something in the vein of Woody Guthrie’s “Grand Coulee Dam” — and he came up with “Manhattan Bridge.” (An abridged version, recorded by the bridge, appears in the video).
Thanks to all the party-goers and to Beau for the great song.
leather jacket in the 1985 video “Take Me Home.”