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Thread #153554 Message #3596675
Posted By: GUEST,David Barnert
29-Jan-14 - 10:18 PM
Thread Name: Tappan Zee Bridge/Pete Seeger
Subject: Tappan Zee Bridge/Pete Seeger
The idea has been floated to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after Pete. There is a petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/gov-cuomo-name-the-new-tappan-zee-bridge-for-pete-seeger or http://tinyurl.com/seegerpetition.
Some background: In addition to his music, Pete was committed to cleaning up the Hudson River and was personally responsible for bringing the appalling polluted state that it was in during the 1960s to public attention so that changes were undertaken and the river has undergone a remarkable transformation. Pete founded Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. and built the boat in the name of the organization.
The Tappan Zee is the widest part of the Hudson River, which runs through New York State southward to New York City. The 3-mile bridge that spans it opened in 1955 and carries the New York State Thruway across the river. It is in the process of being rebuilt, and when the new one is finished, the original will be demolished. The bridge is about 30 miles from the log cabin that Pete built and lived in for the last 65 years of his life.