The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

  • Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge 1963, Courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels Special Archives
  • Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge 1963, Courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels Special Archives

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connected Brooklyn to Staten Island in 1964 after five years of construction. Named after the Italian explorer, Giovanni da Verrazzano, the bridge’s name was misspelled for over 50 years. The second “z” was missing until 2020.

The bridge held the distinction of being the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1981 when a bridge in England surpassed it. It is still one of the longest in the country. Runners who take part in the New York City Marathon cross the bridge at the very start of the race. Learn more secrets of this bridge here!