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This truss bridge formerly carried Vernon Boulevard over a Long Island Rail Road open cut at 48th Avenue in Hunters Point. It was torn down in the early 1990s, and the cut has since been mostly filled in with a park.
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I have worked, part-time and full-time in Long Island City since the 1960′s and remember this bridge very well. Early plans for the redevelopment of Queens West (one of several names for the project) included leaving the Vernon Boulevard Bridge in place and converting the rail cut into a roadway. That would have created an “express” thoroughfare into the the new residential area while eliminating a grade-level intersection at Vernon Boulevard. The bridge had not been painted for decades and had become an eyesore. Several local business groups advocated for this new use for the bridge and pressed to have it painted. After several years of calling for the paint job, it was finally done and the bridge looked great. We should have known better. The freshly painted structure was demolished the following year!
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