After several weeks of delays the long-awaited demolition of Greenpoint’s old Kosciuszko Bridge began yesterday, despite the intercession of a band of sword-waving and wolf-wielding marauders. (The “new” Kosciuszko Bridge has been in use since April.)
The demolition did not include the massive, Michael Bay-style explosion many had eagerly expected– instead, the bridge’s 300-foot-long main span was slowly lowered, over the course of a day, onto two barges in Newtown Creek. This morning, tugboats hauled off the 53-foot-tall expanse so it could be recycled into scrap metal, as you can see from the Newtown Creek Alliance’s video below. It’s uncertain when the rest of the bridge will be demolished, a state Department of Transportation spokesperson told us.
Those who wish to celebrate the late Kosciuszko Bridge with an Irish wake can do so in style. Thanks to a collaboration between Interboro Spirits and Ales and LIC Beer Project, we now have — drumroll — “The Bridge” (“Down with the Koz”) IPA from Interboro Spirits. Make sure to pour one out.