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Saturday, April 25, 2021

It’s an ambitious plan to rehabilitate and repurpose an Industrial Revolution-era bridge, but Walkway Over the Hudson is doing it with the old Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge:

In its early years it was one of the longest bridges in the world and, at 6,700 feet, is still impressively long, shorter by 2,200 feet than the Golden Gate Bridge and longer by the same amount than the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Its length and dizzying height, 212 feet, contribute to accolades even today. “It’s phenomenal what they were able to achieve during that period,” said [Peter] Melewski, a partner in the engineering firm Bergmann and Associates. “It’s quite a landmark. It had a lot of firsts.”

That Mr. Melewski and others — a coterie of steelworkers, crane operators and cement layers — are even engaged in this $35 million project to reopen the bridge to pedestrians, bicyclists and in-line skaters is notable, considering that earlier attempts to resuscitate it were stymied for years by bickering among preservationists over the best way forward. But once work began, it progressed agreeably and quickly.

Local residents were energized by the idea of uniting Dutchess and Ulster Counties with a multipurpose recreational trail. Businesses near the riverfront saw the project as a boon. The region is preparing for an influx of tourists eager to see the bridge, which will become part of the state park system.

An “influx”? Personally, I grew up just south and across the Hudson from this location, and I’m not sure a river-spanning walkabout is enough to convince me to take a train up to Poughkeepsie (or to Pokipse, for that matter). Maybe just once, to see it; but I can see hopping back on Metro North on the very next train south after doing a once-through.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/25/2009 08:02:31 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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I was recently reminded of this classic commercial for Jamaica’s own Red Stripe beer:

Yeah, I know it’s a vaguely pandering portrayal of Caribbean islanders. Besides, it’s not like Red Stripe is truly a native Jamaican brew anymore — it’s wholly-owned by beverage giant Diageo.

But it still makes me smile with its quirkiness. The whole “Hooray Beer” flash-title, to the “You are very ugly!”, to the closing “Says the beautiful man”. And I don’t like Red Stripe any more than I like any beer, import or domestic. Long live the ugly stubby-nosed bottle!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/25/2009 07:15:21 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Comedy, Food, TV
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