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Celebrate the Verrazano’s 50th anniversary with Gay Talese

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Tiffany Gibert

The legendary New York author literally wrote on the book on the Brooklyn–Staten Island suspension bridge. It’s called The Bridge, natch, and to honor the anniversary of this massive achievement of human engineering, Gay Talese talks with journalist Clyde Haberman at the Museum of the City of New York tonight, Nov 20 at 6:30pm, about all the drama, political intrigue and loss that went into the bridge’s construction. And he should know: Talese was there to watch the Verrazano’s 9,865 feet go up in 1964.

To coincide with the occasion, an updated reissue of The Bridge was recently released; don’t miss tonight’s conversation, and, in the mean time, check out these stunning images from the bridge’s history.  

An aerial shot of the Verrazano

At the very bottom of the bridge building hierarchy are the "punks," like this guy.

Bob Anderson, last day on the job.

 All images courtesy of Bloomsbury

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