4. Robert Moses Was Called a ‘Doer of Good Works’ for The Throgs Neck Bridge

Robert Moses with a model of his proposed Battery Bridge. Photo from Wikimedia Commons 

Although much contention surrounds Robert Moses and his public works, the day the Throgs Neck Bridge opened to traffic on January 11, 1961, the following quote ran in a Newsday editorial:

“…[Throgs Neck Bridge] will be a blessing to Long Island and a vast relief to the whole metropolitan area. But Moses isn’t content to pass one miracle. From the bridge dedication, the distinguished guests proceeded to Flushing Meadow Park to open the headquarters for the 1964 World’s Fair, another Moses enterprise. The man is phenomenal. Long Island, where he started in the parkway business, is mighty proud to claim him, a resident and doer of good works.”