Monday, October 20, 2008

My World Tuesday


This is the Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge. It bridges the East River between Long Island City, Queens, and Manhattan, passing over Roosevelt Island. It is a cantilever bridge that was completed in 1909.

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway traverse the bridge on their way from Long Island to Manhattan. "The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge," Nick says, "is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world".

I live about 5 miles from the bridge and often use it to go into Manhattan by car or Express bus. A very famous song was sung about this bridge by Simon & Garfunkel:

The 59th Street Bridge song

Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin' groovy.

Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da...Feelin' Groovy.

Hello lamp-post,
What cha knowin'?
I've come to watch your flowers growin'.
Ain't cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in' doo-doo,
Feelin' groovy.

I've got no deeds to do,
No promises to keep.
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.
Life, I love you,
All is groovy.

Thanks so much to the My World Tuesday team for this new meme :

Klaus, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy & Tom

Go and visit My World Tuesday for other participants.



Klaus said...

Wonderful post, Mary! Very enjoyable to view and read! Looking for ward to see more!
Cheers, Klaus

Me and my puppies said...

I love NY! Thanks for the history on the bridge.

fishing guy said...

Mary: Thanks for the memories with the photo and the song of the bridge. I'm sure NYC will have a lot to contribute to My World.

JC said...

Fabulous shot... she certainly doesn't get the attention she deserves in the big scheme of things.

I'll be humming that song often today!

Louise said...

Your picture is beautiful, and I'm amazed at how pretty and blue the East River is!

Nice contribution to My World.

Carletta said...

Lovely Mary!
I like this new blog of yours.
The Great Gatsby and Simon and Garfunkel - memories, memories. :)

Rural Writer said...

What a very different part of the world you live in than where I am. Big city for you, and country for me. Your picture is great, and it's so interesting to see how and where other people live!
best wishes, RR @

Arija said...

Love your love of your NY. Beautiful old bridge, I remember it well from The Great Gatsby and I've always had a soft spot for the song too.
Looking forward to your next post.

Mary said...

Terrific photo and I always loved Simon and Garfunkle's songs...including this one!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Very nice post, love the inclusion of the lyrics

Dianne said...

I love that song!!

I use to take that bridge from midtown into Whitestone when I went to visit my brother.

love the bridge, hate getting to it LOL

Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful view and great history lesson

Lawstude said...

Thanks for the wonderful trip around your place. So very much different from my place but I do wanna share my place also to you. Great job.