New York Central Railroad 69th Street Transfer Bridge

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New York Central Railroad 69th Street Transfer Bridge
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69th Street Transfer Bridge, May 2007
Location Hudson River W of the West Side Highway bet. W 66th and 70th Sts, Manhattan, New York City, New York State
Built 1911
NRHP Reference # 03000577
Added to NRHP June 26, 2003

The 69th Street Transfer Bridge, part of the West Side Line of the New York Central Railroad, was a dock for car floats which allowed the transfer of railroad cars from the rail line to car floats which crossed the Hudson River to the Weehawken Yards in New Jersey. Its innovative linkspan design kept the boxcars from falling into the river while being loaded.[1]

After it fell into disuse, it was in danger of being torn down and removed, but around the year 2000, during renovations of Riverside Park, following the example of Gantry Plaza State Park, it became a prominent feature of the park. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[2]

Similar facilities are in use between Bush Terminal in Brooklyn and Greenville Yard in Jersey City by the New York New Jersey Rail, LLC, which still operates car floats across Upper New York Bay.

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Coordinates: 40°46′45″N 73°59′23″W / 40.779209°N 73.989626°W / 40.779209; -73.989626