A Bridge By Any Other Name? Triborough No More

New York landmark changing to RFK
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2008 12:17 PM CDT
Spectators watch fireworks explode over the East River and the Triborough Bridge in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Daniel P. Derella)
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(Newser) – New York’s Triborough Bridge will soon be no more. Gov. Patterson is expected to sign a law renaming the landmark the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. But will anyone actually call it that? “It connects three boroughs,” one skeptical Manhattanite told the New York Times. “That’s self-explanatory. I expect people will keep calling it Triborough for a long time.”

 “This has been a dream for quite a while,” Kennedy’s eldest daughter told the Times. But others fear commuter confusion. “It’s been that way for a million years,” protested one New Yorker. “What about the Thruway?” asked another. “Its name is the Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, but who calls it that? No one. We spend money renaming things, but all it does is generate money for the sign people.”