Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Typo May Finally Get Fixed After All These Years

Jul 11, 2018 229

It's an incredible honor to have what was once the world’s longest suspension bridge named after you—assuming they spell your name right. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which opened in 1964 and connects Staten Island and Brooklyn, memorializes 16th century Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who first sailed into the New York Harbor in 1524. (That’s about 85 years before English navigator Henry Hudson arrived at the same point.)

But perhaps it’s a good thing Giovanni wasn’t around to see the day when the bridge’s shiny new signage was revealed… with the incorrect spelling. Several New York lawmakers point to documents showing Verrazzano’s name spelled with two z’s, not one. Recently, the New York State Senate and Assembly unanimously passed a bill to officially correct the spelling on all the bridge signage.

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