Bay Ridge

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge gets swallowed up by fog

January 23, 2018 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Fog rolls beneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on this freakishly warm January day. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

Going. Going. Gone.

Wanna see the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge do a disappearing act?

In Bay Ridge today, you can watch fog that’s rolling into New York Harbor swallow up the mighty bridge.

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It’s a freakishly warm 55 degrees in Brooklyn on this January day. On the streets of Bay Ridge, blocks away from the harbor, the mournful sound of fog horns can be heard.


They are coming from ships passing in the mist beneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

The best spot for viewing today’s weather drama is Shore Road Promenade, which has a pedestrian and cycling path that runs beneath the bridge.

When you stand on the promenade, at one moment you see the supports of the bridge rise above mist that’s gathered politely along the surface of the water.

The next moment, the fog savagely swirls, and the Staten Island side of the bridge vanishes.

In the blink of an eye, the side of the bridge alongside Bay Ridge is blotted out, too.

Bridge? What bridge? It looks like a blanket of gray.

If you believe poet Carl Sandburg, “The fog comes on little cat feet.” But the crazy white stuff that swallowed the bridge today arrived like wild horses with thundering hooves.

The 13,700-foot Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, built a half-century ago, is the longest suspension bridge in the United States. It’s quite a feat for the fog to make it vanish.   

 


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