The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as Seen From the Belt Parkway by Paul Gitto

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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 while driving on the Belt Parkway with a Nikon D70s 18mmFL 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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  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskiabout 6 years ago

    Very nice….like this POV….great capture :)

  • Thanks! On this one I wish I opened the car window, but I think it would have lost the effect of being inside a car. Will never know!

    – Paul Gitto

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 6 years ago

    Great perspective, Paul. The color s are beautiful. xo

  • I liked the lighting on this one.
    The Sun reflects off the bridge nicely.

    – Paul Gitto

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 6 years ago

    I really like the perspective on this shot, Paul…Lynn

  • Thanks Lynn!

    – Paul Gitto

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 6 years ago

    shows the length quite well…great info too.,………..

  • Thanks KJ!
    I wish I was in my Jeep, I might have been able to keep the fence out of the way.

    – Paul Gitto

  • reflector
    reflectorabout 6 years ago

    You are having some fun with the Drive-by captures ! Well shot, nice perspective.

  • They were all from one session.
    I was quite happy with the results. Thanks!

    – Paul Gitto

  • linda858100
    linda858100about 6 years ago


  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezabout 6 years ago

    this is a great shot of a wonderful memory of mine.. thanks as well, for those wonderful notes on this bridge, . I didnt know that.

  • Thank you Isa!

    – Paul Gitto

  • leystan
    leystanalmost 4 years ago

    Won’t you join the new RB Group “Brooklyn NYC” and add this shot to the group! BKLYN Co-Host, Leystan

  • Sure, would love to!

    – Paul Gitto

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