Welcome To Brooklyn by Paul Gitto

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

When it opened in 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the world’s longest suspension span. The ends of the bridge are at historic Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, both of which guarded New York Harbor at the Narrows for over a century. The bridge was named after Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor.

Its monumental 693 foot high towers are 1 5/8 inches farther apart at their tops than at their bases because the 4,260 foot distance between them made it necessary to compensate for the earth’s curvature. Each tower weighs 27,000 tons and is held together with three million rivets and one million bolts. Seasonal contractions and expansions of the steel cables cause the double-decked roadway to be 12 feet lower in the summer than in the winter. High Tide Clearance is 228 feet.

Taken from the passenger seat with a Nikon D70s 52mmFL 1/320sec F/9

Paul is an avid nature enthusiast, bible scholar, astronomer, astrophotographer and has been a planetarium operator/lecturer at The Robert J. Novins Planetarium.
Paul’s nature photography includes Wildlife, Atmospheric Optics , Sunsets, the Pine Barrens and various other objects pertaining to hidden beauty found in nature.

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  • Johanna  Rutter
    Johanna Rutterover 6 years ago

    good shot of the bridge were you in the car or standing on the bridge?

  • Thank you!
    This was taken while the car was moving.
    I wasn’t driving. That would have been a trick lol.

    – Paul Gitto

  • lefty1
    lefty1over 6 years ago

    wow, very impressive capture Paul, very nice!

  • Thank you John!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 6 years ago

    Wow, Paul, I really love this shot. Quite impressive…Lynn

  • Thanks Lynn!

    – Paul Gitto

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    WhiteDove Stud...over 6 years ago

    and the journey begins……………….

  • Always wanted to get a shot from the bridge,
    The only other option would be the marathon, I can’t see that happening. lol

    – Paul Gitto

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 6 years ago

    An amazing capture, Paul. It us a beautifil bridge. xx

  • Thanks Lori!
    I saw this bridge built 44 years ago, and was fortunate to drive over it daily in my Good Humor Truck, 30 years ago.

    – Paul Gitto

  • michaelby3
    michaelby3over 6 years ago

    fantastic work !!!!!!!!

  • Thank you Michael!

    – Paul Gitto

  • linda858100
    linda858100over 6 years ago


  • Thanks Linda!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaover 6 years ago

    wow – what a brilliant image…. amazing colour!

  • Thank you very much Paul!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoover 6 years ago

    Quite nice considering you were in a moving car, it looks great large.

  • It helps to have a skilled driver!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskiover 6 years ago

    Excellent capture Paul :)

  • Thanks Orphie!

    – Paul Gitto

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