The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: A Round Table Discussion from a Staten Island Perspective
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 2:30-4:00pm
College of Staten Island
Library Archives, 1L-216
Join us for this fiftieth anniversary observance of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as three College of Staten Island faculty members present observations and lead a discussion of the meaning of the bridge for Staten Islanders.
Staten Island and the Art of Disappearing
Prof. David Allen, School of Education
This talk explores the representation of Staten Island before the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the novels of Jane Bowles and Dawn Powell. In their works, the Island serves as contrast to, even a hiding place from, the social and artistic milieu of Manhattan—a possibility all but eliminated by the opening of the Bridge.
The Demographic Impact of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Prof. Alan Benimoff, Department of Engineering Science and Physics
Utilizing historic maps and GIS mapping techniques, Prof. Benimoff will illustrate the impact the bridge and its network of roads had on populations and land use. Did grass-roots environmental victories lead to traffic and zoning snafus? What would Staten Island look like today had Robert Moses’ vision been enacted?
The Politics of the Verrazano-Narrows BridgeProf. Richard Flanagan, Chair, Department of Political Science and Global Affairs
Why was Staten Island and Brooklyn joined by a bridge and not a tunnel? Why did earlier plans to build a bridge fail? What was Robert Moses’ role in the decision to build the bridge? What underlies the bridge toll policy as it applies to Staten Island residents? Prof. Flanagan will explore these and other topics from the perspective of a political scientist.