Verrazano Narrows Bridge
Thomas Choi, 62, is the first officer to die in the line of duty in the 81-year history of MTA Bridges and Tunnels, also known as the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.
The unveiling was held at John J. Carty Park in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn.
Staten Island’s politicians are boycotting the anniversary ceremony Friday because of a proposed toll hike announced earlier this week.
Gay Talese, who covered the building of the bridge for The New York Times, said he made it a point to tell the stories of the “virtually anonymous figures” who constructed Verrazano, which opened 50 years ago Friday
Meredith Sladek, with a group called The Harbor Ring, said a Verrazano bike path is the missing link in the group’s vision for a 50-mile loop around New York Harbor that encourages fitness and tourism.
Pedestrians and bicyclists want the city to add a dedicated lane to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. It’s one of the few crossings in the Metropolitan Area open only to motor vehicles.
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is turning 50 later this year, but one City Councilman said Brooklyn isn’t getting its fair share of the spotlight in the November celebration.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday there are a number of concerns associated with a possible march across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in response to the police-custody death of Eric Garner.
Police said a suspect who was arrested for a Staten Island carjacking after fleeing police near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll plaza has now been charged with killing a man.
Police said 25-year-old Tyrell Brown is charged with first-degree robbery and criminal possession of stolen property in Sunday’s incident, and attempted robbery in Tuesday’s incident.
It happened around 1:15 a.m. on the Staten Island-bound side of the toll plaza.
State Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis are leading the effort to reduce the $15 toll for frequent bridge users from Brooklyn. The toll for E-ZPass tagholders is $10.66 per trip.
This follows Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal earlier this month for Staten Island residents to pay reduced tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on Staten Island Thursday afternoon to announce the new effective cost of the toll will drop to $5.50 for Staten Island residents in non-commercial vehicles.
Officer Thomas Choi was reopening the lower roadway of the bridge between Staten Island and Brooklyn shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday when he was hit by a car.