Crossroads & Bridges

I can’t figure out the 2 identical signs… why? 2 similar signs side by side?? As for the decision to use pictures or icons rather than just colors… why go through all the effort to create graphical interface? I think it’s because graphical interfaces speaks and connects better to the users, in this case the pedestrians. However, doing a bit more research, I realized that many of these traffic lights in NYC do give problems… often in mixed signals where both the LED lights for “walk” and “don’t walk” comes out simultaneously. Here’s a short abstract from the newspaper article:

[And David Dartley reported: “I found three in the course of 15 minutes while out shopping in the East Village. The pictures are lousy because all I had was my camera phone, but sure enough, when each of them was supposed to display the walking man image, they displayed both the man and the hand.” He found malfunctioning signals on 10th Street, 14th Street and St. Marks Place (pictured here).

By way of perspective, nine signals are mentioned in this post and there are 100,000 citywide, about 1,000 of which need replacement annually. The transportation agency’s answer to last week’s post is no doubt equally applicable today: “We have an active program to replace and repair nonfunctioning and underfunctioning signals, and any individual units that need replacement can be reported to 311.”]

The 129th year-old Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. With a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge.

Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and as the East River Bridge, it was dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge in a January 25, 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since its opening, it has become an iconic part of the New York skyline. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.

Contemporaries marveled at what technology was capable of and the bridge became a symbol of the optimism of the time. John Perry Barlow wrote in the late 20th century of the “literal and genuinely religious leap of faith” embodied in the Brooklyn Bridge … “the Brooklyn Bridge required of its builders faith in their ability to control technology.”

References to “selling the Brooklyn Bridge” abound in American culture, sometimes as examples of rural gullibility but more often in connection with an idea that strains credulity. For example, “If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.” George C. Parker and William McCloundy are two early 20th-century con-men who had (allegedly) successfully perpetrated this scam on unwitting tourists. The 1949 Bugs Bunny cartoon Bowery Bugs is a joking reference to Bugs “selling” a story of the Brooklyn Bridge to a naive tourist.

The modern American poet Hart Crane used the Brooklyn Bridge as central metaphor and organizing structure for his second and most important book of poetry, The Bridge. This book takes the form of a long poem spanning eight parts, beginning with an ode (“Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge”) and ending with a transfigured vision of the bridge as the unifying symbol of America (“Atlantis”). Crane briefly lived in an apartment overlooking the bridge that, he later learned, once housed Washington Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge’s builder and son of its architect, John A. Roebling.

It has been shown in films such as Once Upon A Time In America, Captive Women, The Fifth Element, Deep Impact, Godzilla, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, I Am Legend, Life After People, Cloverfield, Zombi 2, Oliver & Company, Enchanted and Kate & Leopold.

{REF: Wiki}


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