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Singing over the Hudson


Peter Seeger (born May 3, 1919) is an American folk singer

Story by Bryce Longton, October 16, 2009 - Forget the High Line -- go check out the newly opened Poughkeepsie Bridge's Walkway Over the Hudson this weekend. After decades of disrepair, the bridge has finally re-opened and holds the honor of being the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.
 
Photo of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge taken from an Amtrack train on the east side of the Hudson River, New York, USA. Photographed by David Hermeyer / Photoshopped by uploader, Samuel Wantman. [15 August 2008]Photo of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge taken from an Amtrack train on the east side of the Hudson River, New York, USA. Photographed by David Hermeyer / Photoshopped by uploader, Samuel Wantman. [15 August 2008]What used to be an old railroad bridge is now a 1.25-mile stretch of pure pedestrian fun, connecting Poughkeepsie with Highland.  The bridge originally opened in 1888 and was heralded as a technological wonder; as of 1889, the bridge was the longest in the world.
 
After nearly one hundred years of continuous use, the bridge suffered a huge fire in 1974 and there it sat until efforts began to restore the historic landmark in 1993.  Fast forward to 2009 - the 400th anniversary of the Henry Hudson river trip, which spurred the final push for the bridge's completion.
 
The Walkway Over the Hudson is completely free, and all manner of walkers, bikers, runners and sight-seers are welcome to walk the bridge year round.  The bridge itself is over 200 feet up in the air, so those of you who are afraid of heights should stay away from the sides; this should be easy, as the bridge is 30 feet wide.  The bridge is easily accessible by train and makes for a nice weekend jaunt outside of the city.

Chris Ruhe had the honor of being Pete Seeger's chauffeur that day and also of helping him with the short concert that he gave.Chris Ruhe had the honor of being Pete Seeger's chauffeur that day and also of helping him with the short concert that he gave.State parks staff keeps Walkway span spic and span
by Rasheed Oluwa, February 28, 2010

Maintaining a 1.25-mile pedestrian bridge is no minor task. There are unexpected emergency calls that can crop up from time to time, not to mention the debris and trash that can quickly pile up if it's not constantly monitored.
 
The presence of snow and ice during the winter can bring additional headaches. But to their credit, the staff from the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation hasn't skipped a beat in managing the Walkway Over the Hudson since it opened in October.
 
Although the opening of the bridge has been delayed a few times because of weather, the workers make an effort to keep it from closing for an entire day. "There are a lot of people who rely on the bridge to commute back and forth and we do everything we can to make sure that it's ready for use," said David Barrett, who heads the maintenance crew on the bridge.
 
Pete Seeger, grand old man of the Hudson, was the high point of the event. Peter "Pete" Seeger (born May 3, 1919) is an American folk singer and an iconic figure in the mid-20th century American folk music revival. Pete Seeger, grand old man of the Hudson, was the high point of the event. Peter "Pete" Seeger (born May 3, 1919) is an American folk singer and an iconic figure in the mid-20th century American folk music revival.The bridge is owned by the nonprofit organization Walkway Over the Hudson, but it has also been a designated state park. That means the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has been charged with its care.
 
Barrett said his crew usually arrives at the bridge at 8 a.m., but they'll get there a few hours earlier if there's snowy or icy weather conditions. For the most part, the work includes cleaning signage, clearing up litter and the occasional spot of dog waste that appears, as well as directing traffic and parking at the bridge's east and west entrances.
 
Tim Otty, the park supervisor for the Walkway Over the Hudson, said the park has had more than 450,000 visitors since it opened last year.
 
Because of the uniqueness of the bridge, officials have had to deal with things not normally associated with other parks. For instance, snowplows have to be careful where they move snow so it doesn't fall on top of roads and roofs. Also, the Walkway can't be pretreated for icing with sand and salt because of the deterioration it will cause on the concrete. "We continue to meet any new challenges as they come up,"
 
When the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge was completed in 1888, it was an international wonder: the world’s longest bridge and the only one of its kind across the Hudson south of Albany.When the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge was completed in 1888, it was an international wonder: the world’s longest bridge and the only one of its kind across the Hudson south of Albany.Otty said. Last month, state Assemblyman Frank Skartados, D-Milton, announced that he introduced legislation for the state Bridge Authority to take ownership of Walkway Over the Hudson. Otty said the Bridge Authority would come in handy for overseeing the more technical aspects of the Walkway's operation.
 
The state Parks Department would still be responsible for overseeing the publicly accessible portion of the Walkway if the bill were passed.
 
The bill is being reviewed in the state Legislature and it is unclear when lawmakers will vote on it. John Belluci, a spokesman for the Bridge Authority, Advertisement said it is impossible to predict how much responsibility will be delegated between his organization and the Parks Department. "There are a number of groups that the state Bridge Authority will have to work with, including Walkway Over the Hudson and the Dyson Foundation, to make sure that whatever steps are taken are in the public's best interest," Belluci said. "It's a bit premature to speculate on how that all pans out."

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