At long last, the time has come to say a not-so-sorrowful goodbye to the city’s least favorite (and least pronounceable) bridge: the Kosciuszko (which, for the record, is pronounced ko-SHOOS-ko in Polish -- though local versions differ). While rumors of the Brooklyn-Queens bridge’s climactic demolition by way of dynamite have been circulating since last January, excitement de-escalated in early July when the city dutifully removed the main segment of the structure and sent it on its way to New Jersey via floating barge -- without using so much as a single explosive. But for the approximate 18,000 New Yorkers hoping to make a serious event of the bridge-burning, hope remains.
According to a tentative schedule released by the NYPD’s 94th Precinct Captain Peter Rose, the two remaining sections of the 1939-built bridge will be blown to pieces in a controlled demolition this Sunday, September 10/1. The whole thing will commence at 8am, and while surrounding roads will be blocked off to protect traffic (and the public) from all the flying debris, demolition parties will take place all over the city.
The night before the previously scheduled demolition in July, several defenders of the 1939-built bridge spent the evening drinking and reveling illegally on the structure itself, and a full petition was even created in the hopes of commissioning the New York Philharmonic to play the 1812 Overture while the bridge burned. In short, the actual demise of the Kosciuszko this Sunday should be a fairly memorable event: The bridge will not die alone.
While much of the waterfront territory along Newtown Creek (the body of water over which the Kosciuszko stretches) is owned by private industrial facilities, there are still a handful of public water-facing streets where spectators can gather to watch the glorious demolition: