Greenpoint, October, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Bridges on the Brain

I just finished watching the first season of The Bridge (Broen, Bron), the fine Danish-Swedish police drama. The joint investigation is initiated by the discovery of a body at the exact midpoint of thØresund bridge, which connects Malmo, Sweden, and Copenhagen. The crime is grisly, the bridge beautiful. I didn't realize until the final episode that it carries not only four lanes of traffic but also a double track for InterCity express trains.

Even as we speak, the boys in the Research Bureau are cooking up a scheme for a light rail system that would course above the BQE and connect LaGuardia Airport, the Jackson Heights MTA station--crossing the new bi-level Kosciuszko Bridge--downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park (easy-on-easy-off for banh mi), and--taking advantage of a retrofit of Verrazano Narrows Bridge--the College of Staten Island (instantly making it the most desirable CUNY campus).

Of course, if I had Saga Norén's, the Swedish detective's, yellow Porsche, I might still prefer to drive.

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