Verrazano Narrows - Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, USA

All photos by Patrick S. O'Donnell. Please do not reuse without permission. In honor of Patrick's 40th birthday, I present 40 photos (plus one to "grow on") of Patrick's adventure on the Verrazano Bridge. At daybreak on November 2, 1994, Patrick and his father were allowed to roam across the upper deck of the Verrazano Narrows bridge while it was closed to traffic for the start of the NYC Marathon later that morning. Patrick writes: "I had gained permission to walk across the upper deck of the Verrazano - Narrows prior to the start of the NYC marathon. My Dad accompanied me on that very special bridge walk. We spent a little over two hours up on the bridge starting from Staten Island at a spectacular sunrise to Brooklyn and back. We practically had the whole upper deck to ourselves as there were only work crews working at the expansion joints at the towers; covering them up with plywood and duct tape as to prevent the soon be 30,000 runners from catching their feet within. The views from at mid-span were incredible with Lower Manhattan with the Statue of Liberty and Twin Towers standing tall, the huge oceangoing vessels passing beneath us, Fort Wadsworth and Bay Ridge at the anchorage. I made sure I got shots of my Dad and me taking turns standing on each side of the 'Staten Island - Brooklyn' sign that runs length ways on the outer lane barrier."

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