Greenpoint, October, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bridge for Bess - Option 1

The Research Bureau has been hard at work developing candidates for a bridge to be named to honor Bess Myerson: Miss America (famously the first Jewish one), Commissioner of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (first), Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, candidate for U.S. Senate (failed), the list goes on.
This drawbridge carries the Hutchinson River Parkway across the upper reaches of Eastchester Bay in the Bronx. It's not too far from where Myerson grew up in the Sholem Aleichem project in Kingsbridge Heights. It's a modest bridge, not very high of the water, with a nice view of the Pelham Bridge and Pelham Park. One advantage: It does not appear to already have a name. It might work poetically as well: like Bess's career, it goes up and down.

More candidates to follow. Submit your own! For readers who tweet: #BridgeForBeth.


  1. Glad to see you're still doing sterling work on behalf of NY women!

  2. Thank you. I am scratching my head but I can't think of a NYC bridge named for a woman. Could it be time to break the concrete and steel ceiling?