The Tappan Zee Bridge Greenway, an ambitious initiative by Greenburgh Town Supervisior Paul Feiner and White Plains Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona to turn the existing TZB into a path for pedestrians and bikers, died a quiet death last week when the NYS Department of Transportation released its instructions to the four firms who will submit proposals to build a new Hudson River crossing. Despite Governor Cuomo’s nuanced endorsement on Feb 27 calling the initiative “an exciting option,” the word “demolition” appears 20 times in the RFP with no text devoted to any plans to salvage the 56 year old decaying bridge.
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If you are a fan of Lower Hudson history or the bridge that links Rockland and Westchester, “The Tappan Zee Is Falling Down” at City-Journal.com is a must read. It includes a detailed and not particularly flattering description of 1950′s NYS politics prior to bridge construction.