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East River near the Queensborough Bridge

1936
10 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (26 x 21.6 cm)

Hugh Botts
American (New York, NY, 1903 - 1964, Cranford, NJ)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Gift of Robert W. Brown
Accession Number: 1983.134.19
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The rivers surrounding Manhattan have always attracted swimmers brave – or foolish – enough to endure pollutants and random bits of garbage floating nearby. Fortunately, the quality of New York waterways is currently improving, and sights like the one may be more common in the future.

Looming above the swimmers and boaters enjoying the East River is the Queensborough Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge, made famous by Simon and Garfunkel’s album and song (Feeling Groovy). One of the many bridges that have been artists’ favorites, the Queensborough Bridge connects Manhattan and Queens. Over a mile long, it was opened to traffic in 1909. The spires that were part of the original design, and that can be seen in this print, were removed in the 1950s because of their deteriorating condition.

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