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Welcome to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

The City Council voted Wednesday to change the Queens bridge to the “Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.”

How'm I crossin'?

In homage to the city’s 105th mayor, the City Council Wednesday voted to rename the Queensboro Bridge to the “Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.”

"I think it's one of the highest honors they could have given me and to allow me to appreciate in my lifetime," former Mayor Ed Koch told Patch, adding, "I'm delighted and appreciative to the mayor, [Council Speaker] Christine Quinn and all those who voted for me."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who proposed the legislation in honor of his predecessor, said Wednesday the Queensboro Bridge and others were “crumbling” before Koch, 86, reinvested in them, creating and funding the Bureau of Bridges within the DOT.

Corroded throughout, the Queensboro Bridge and its outer roadways were no longer safe to use, having not been inspected in close to a decade, according to Bloomberg.

“Ed Koch is responsible for so much of the progress we enjoy and the renaming is a perfect tribute to one of our City’s greatest mayors,” said Bloomberg, adding, “His work in saving the City’s bridges is symbolic of his overall legacy of turning around the direction our city and building a better future.”

But on the Queens side of the bridge, people aren't rushing to embrace the change.

“This bridge is an icon of a borough that is all too often ignored and marginalized,” said Council Member Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone. “To change its name would be an eternal slap in the face of Queens,” he added.

Halloran commented that Brooklyn has its iconic namesake bridge, and Manhattan has the Manhattan Bridge.

The City spent over $100,000 to change signage three years ago when the Triborough Bridge was renamed the "RFK Bridge," according to Halloran. Bloomberg’s office said the signs will be replaced using private donations from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

Halloran indicated that his resentment isn’t about Koch as a former mayor. “I greatly admire Mayor Koch, and I believe he deserves tribute,” Halloran said. “But leave my borough’s bridge alone."

The three-term mayor, famous for asking "How'm doin,'" took the criticism in stride.

"Everyone's entitled to their opinion," said Koch, joking that he was surprised the 38-12 vote was that high in his favor.

Joe March 24, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Things shouldn't be named after politicians until they've been dead for ten years and nothing bad can be remembered about him.
james D'Addio March 24, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Please stop naming our bridges and airports after people the triboro is the tri boro bridge . We can't keep up with the many changes and the beautiful thing about new york is the historical aspect of things places and names
Mark March 24, 2011 at 10:16 PM
There's no good reason to rename THIS bridge for Koch, especially now. Koch really had very little to do with Queens and is not even a resident there. Similarly the "Robert Kennedy" bridge. RFK wasn't a NYer and we probably could have searched and found a native, lifelong NYer to honor, if indeed that bridge had to be renamed. More than likely, this was some sort of payback by our emperor for Koch's support and by Quinn to try to get Koch to support her in her bid to become our next mayor. (She'd have to be a billionaire to become "empress.")
Paul DiBenedetto March 28, 2011 at 02:19 PM
This is a joke. Would they rename the Brooklyn Bridge? They wouldn't dare. Koch hated Queens and most likely still does. Just another case of Manhattan taking a #2 on the Borough of Queens.
Nira March 28, 2011 at 08:43 PM
It is great that Koch is being honoored this way. He loves New YOrk and has devoted many years of his life serving New York City & its residents. I am happy for him that he is being honored this way.

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