Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge


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Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge,

vehicular suspension bridge, New York City, across the Narrows at the entrance to New York harbor, linking the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Designed by O. H. AmmannAmmann, Othmar Hermann
, 1879–1965, American civil engineer, b. Switzerland, grad. Federal Polytechnic Institute, Zürich, 1902. He came to the United States in 1904 and was naturalized in 1924.
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, the bridge was completed in 1964. It is the longest suspension bridge in the United States, with a main span of 4,260 ft (1,298 m). There are two levels, each holding six traffic lanes. The bridge was originally named the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, in part to honor Giovanni da VerrazzanoVerrazzano, Giovanni da
, c.1480–1527?, Italian navigator and explorer, in the service of France, possibly the first European to enter New York Bay. Sailing west to reach Asia, Verrazzano explored (1524) the North American coast probably from North Carolina to Maine.
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, who discovered New York harbor; it was renamed in 2018 to use the spelling of the explorer's name that Verrazzano himself used.