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Property Name Port Morris Ferry Bridges
Reference Number 13001150
State New York
County Bronx
Town Bronx
Street Address 106 Locust Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 2/5/2014
Areas of Significance Transportation, Engineering, Maritime
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13001150.pdf
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The Port Morris Ferry Bridges in the Port Morris section of the South Bronx are a significant pair of maritime structures symbolizing the rich nautical heritage of New York City. Nearly five stories in height, they stand tall on the shoreline, one of the few remaining waterfront symbols that allow us to reflect on the legacy of New York's nineteenth- and twentieth-century waterway system and its crucial role in the city's modes of transportation and industrial activity. The ferry bridges are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under criteria A, for their significance in the history of ferryboats and passenger waterway transportation in New York City. They are also eligible under criteria C for their distinctive industrial design, emblematic of mid-twentieth century ferry bridges (of which there are few remaining examples in New York City), and in particular their method of construction and reflection of the type of ferry bridges of this period, which were larger in scale and necessitated by the widespread use of the automobile in New York City.

 

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