Alexander Hamilton Bridge

The Alexander Hamilton Bridge carries I-95 traffic from the George Washington Bridge across the Harlem River (at 179th Street) to the notorious Cross Bronx Expressway. The bridge is supported by a single 555-foot steel arch that clears the river at 135 feet above mean high water. The bridge opened on January 15, 1963, the same day as the Cross Bronx Expressway

View from the North on the Washington Bridge
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View from the North on the Washington Bridge
Deck view from the East
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Deck view from the East
View from the Northeast
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View from the Northeast
View from the North
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View from the North
View from the East
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View from the East
East approach
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East approach
Manhattan apartments above I-95
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Manhattan apartments above I-95
Short section of I-95 in Manhattan between the 
Alexander Hamilton Bridge and the George Washington Bridge
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Short section of I-95 in Manhattan between the Alexander Hamilton Bridge and the George Washington Bridge

On my initial excursion, I was surprised to find a largely abandoned section of Highbridge Park between the Washington Bridge and the Alexander Hamilton Bridge that includes a spooky but festive red brick promenade with sensual curves that drug dealers love so much.

View from the North on the Washington Bridge
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View from the North on the Washington Bridge
Stone arch under the Washington Bridge
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Stone arch under the Washington Bridge
View from the North in the park
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View from the North in the park
The promenade looking North
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The promenade looking North
The path looking North
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The path looking North
The path to the bridge looking South
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The path to the bridge looking South
The path to the bridge looking South
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The path to the bridge looking South
The path to the bridge looking South
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The path to the bridge looking South
Another path to the promenade on the South side of the bridge
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Another path to the promenade on the South side of the bridge
The promenade
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The promenade
Under the bridge looking East
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Under the bridge looking East
Under the bridge looking South
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Under the bridge looking South

There is a stair and tunnel structure between the Alexander Hamilton Bridge that leads from Highbridge Park down to a narrow pathway on the West side of the Harlem River Drive. The structure is largely abandoned and obviously predates the Alexander Hamilton Bridge. It matches the architecture of a similar structure by the George Washington Bridge - perhaps part of the infrastructure built around the Washington Bridge when it was constructed in 1888.

North of the bridge
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North of the bridge
Structure viewed from the East
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Structure viewed from the East
The upper balcony
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The upper balcony
Stairway down from the park to the upper balcony
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Stairway down from the park to the upper balcony
Spooky tunnel down to the lower balcony
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Spooky tunnel down to the lower balcony
Opening at the bottom of the tunnel
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Opening at the bottom of the tunnel
Stairway to nowhere on the North side of the lower balcony
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Stairway to nowhere on the North side of the lower balcony
The lower balcony
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The lower balcony
Looking South from the path leading North along Harlem River Drive
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Looking South from the path leading North along Harlem River Drive

The approaches to the Alexander Hamilton Bridge are a nightmarish maze of spaghetti viaducts. The brick and concrete arched approaches from the Southwest are especially interesting. The smell of campfires indicates refuge for a few homeless people. A gentlemen in fatigues approached me menacingly, but only asked for a cigarette (I don't smoke) and didn't seem too upset that I couldn't accomodate him.

Fine post-war architecture reaching the end of it's useful life
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Fine post-war architecture reaching the end of it's useful life
An exit from the Harlem River Drive
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An exit from the Harlem River Drive
A viaduct to the Hamilton Bridge from the South
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A viaduct to the Hamilton Bridge from the South
The Alexander Hamilton bridge from the South
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The Alexander Hamilton bridge from the South
The path from the south
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The path from the south
The path from the south
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The path from the south
The path from the south
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The path from the south
Under the viaduct
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Under the viaduct
A resident of the viaduct
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A resident of the viaduct
Viaduct viewed from the East
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Viaduct viewed from the East