Little Red Lighthouse

The George Washington Bridge is the busiest roadway in the United States and of all the bridges in New York City, it went up the fastest. From its initial conception down in Midtown to its Beaux Arts stone facade conceived by Cass Gilbert, no bridge had morphed so dramatically from concept to completion.

Join Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Justin Rivers as he continues his series exploring the secrets of New York City’s iconic infrastructure. Not only will you learn the secrets of the Great Gray Bridge, he’ll even throw in the beloved Little Red Lighthouse as well. This virtual talk on January 25, 2022 at 12 p.m. is free for Untapped New York Insiders. If you’re not a member, join now (and use the code JOINUS to get your first month free).

In the meantime, read on to learn ten surprising facts about the George Washington Bridge.

1. The George Washington Bridge gets lit up (occasionally)

George Washington Bridge lit up
Photo by Dark Cyanide

Not commonly known about the George Washington Bridge is that it gets lit up, unannounced, for holidays a few times a year. It’s a smaller-scale program like that on the Empire State Building. Back in 2015, the towers were lit for President’s Day and the photographer Dark Cyanide shared with us these shots he took (while almost floating away on the bed of ice).