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Did you know that there are over 2,000 bridges in New York City? Over the years, we’ve been ardent about spotlighting them, but there are plenty of lesser known spans that remain under the radar. Today, we’re taking a look at ten of New York City’s lost or former bridges, with special assistance from Untapped Cities’ history editor, Benjamin Waldman.

1. 125th Street Bridge

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The bridge depicted in mosaic in the 125th Street Station is one of the most obscure bridges in New York City history. In 1790, a charter was given to Lewis Morris to build a bridge that would cut the travel time to Morrisania (the name of Morris’ estate in the Bronx) from Manhattan. Morris was permitted to collect tolls for 60 years, after which ownership of the bridge would revert to the state. The bridge, a wooden bridge with a turntable draw span, was ultimately opened in 1797 and named after John B. Coles, Morris’ business partner. The Third Avenue Bridge, which has been rebuilt multiple times, was last reconstructed in 2004.

Also, check out other bridges depicted in subway art tiles.

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  1. Bradley Laing Reply

    Does it seem to the “Untapped Cities” staff that the demolition of the marble Central Park bridge in 1938 would be a great start to a detective or super-natural themed novel?

    Find a wooden coffin hidden walled up inside the bridge during 1938 demolition, and open it to find

    1.) A woman who comes to life—but is really a vampire?
    2.) A clue to a murder?
    3.) Gold coins and old bank notes?
    4.) a hidden room?

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