The Triboro bridge at sunset: The
Triboro is one example of the innovative transportation engineering
that has shaped the community.
The Long Island City area has grown with the expansion of transportation
into and within the community. From cow paths that allowed farmers to
trade, to a bridge connecting with Manhattan and allowing for expansion.
From mass transit that opened the neighborhood for a population explosion
to an international airport that opened it to the world. Transportation
has shaped Long Island City.
Long Island City is connected to New York by three bridges. The opening
of each bridge shaped the evolution of the community by further opening
up the area to settlement and commerce. And each bridge was independently
heralded as an engineering feat and is still celebrated today.
Sunnyside Yards 1954
The Long Island Rail Road, one of the first railroads in the county,
reached Long Island City in 1860 Its terminus in Hunters Point became
a major transportation hub via the 34th Street Ferry into Manhattan. In
1910, a tunnel connected Pennsylvania Station with Queens.
150 Year Anniversary
Initiated November 1, 1949 to accompany
the "Tichy" scheme