George Washington Bridge

We have arrived to 178th Street; this is where you find the only bridge crossing the Hudson River to New Jersey. Yes, Manhattan is known for its bridges but they are all on the east side!

George Washington Bridge is one of the splendid but often overlooked bridges of the city. These days the bus terminal on 178th Street is also being done up, so it will get more lively and have a few cafes and other shops. 

Perhaps you heard about the "Bridgegate" of last year, when the bridge suddenly was in the press' limelight.  High-ranking political officials of New Jersey were involved in closing this bridge for some days trying to harm a political rival, but it only resulted in a huge traffic grid lock of most of the northern Manhattan and New Jersey. It's a bit of a farce now but a serious court case is underway to find the culprits because someone died in an ambulance not able to get to the hospital in time! See what a bridge can bring out in people!

Stories apart, take a close look at this bridge; I will recommend you to have a walk underneath it on the Manhattan side as you have have a famous small, cute, red light tower to visit. 

I am told that a must is to bike across the bridge to the other side and along the New Jersey shore, but more about that later. 

 The view from George Washington Bridge is also beautiful - even on a hazy winter day.

The view from George Washington Bridge is also beautiful - even on a hazy winter day.