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West Side Takes a Cue From Queens Waterfront

The floating freight transfer bridge on the Hudson River at 69th Street has bobbed between being an eyesore and a neighborhood amenity, although lately it's much closer to the amenity, as a restoration project could make it a feature of the Hudson River Park similar to the freight transfer cranes that are central to Gantry State Park in Long Island City. The Manhattan structure was built in 1911 to facilitate the transfer of rail cars shipped across the Hudson River from New Jersey on barges. That use was discontinued in the 1960s, and the floating bridge deteriorated until recently when money was appropriated to stabilize its structure.

· City Restoring Historic Hudson River Freight Bridge, Could Become Tourist Site [WestSideRag]