Monday, April 27, 2009



Right outside our windows is the entrance to the Queensboro Bridge, otherwise known as the 59th Street Bridge. (Who remembers Simon and Garfunkel 1966 "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" homage?) For those non-New Yorkers, it’s a two-level span that begins in Queens at Queens Plaza and crosses the East River and Roosevelt Island (known as Blackwell’s Island at the time the bridge was built), landing in Manhattan by, of course, 59th Street. You can walk over it.

The end of May will mark the 100th anniversary of our bridge (I have assumed a proprietary adoption of it since I cross it every day to and from work and we have a view of it from our windows), which started construction in 1901 and was completed in 1909.

Over the years the design evolved. The lower roadway once held trolley lines and the upper level had rail tracks, pedestrian and vehicular lanes. The elevated train tracks were removed in 1942 and by 1958, all trolley service had ceased. Now there are only vehicular lanes with a pedestrian & bicycle walkway on the north part of the lower level.

The last weekend in May this year marks a week of celebration with parades over the bridge, fireworks, marching bands, tours, lectures and performances. Join us for the festivities!

On another note, we DO have a sales rack, and we thought we would show you cute pictures of some of our purchased items on actresses that will be wearing them for the Boston Lyric Opera’s updated 1950’s production of ‘Don Giovanni”

Our last “name that actress” contest on our Facebook page (see our Blog entry below - it is Blythe Danner!) was so popular that we decided to have another contest, so here is the mystery actress. This one will be more difficult, so we had included 2 mystery shots!

Guess the identity of this actress either here or on our Facebook page!

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