DAREDEVIL LEAPS OFF NEW YORK BRIDGE - 1932 Daredevil Williard Blaine suits up for his death defying jump off the George Washington Bridge. After evading police he jumps into space with only a home-made parachute to slow his plunge into the Hudson River becoming the first to survive the 250 foot drop and live to tell about it.
CONSTRUCTION OF HUDSON RIVER BRIDGE The last girder is placed to join the ends of the huge Hudson River bridge in New York, NY. A steel strand, raised 250 feet from barges below, links Manhattan and Fort Lee, New Jersey. The span which is 4,760 feet from anchor to anchor and 11,000 feet over all is being rushed to completion for traffic in 1932, at cost of $68,000,000. The towers are 550 feet high.
Date: 1931 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: DV Length: 00:01:00:00, No Audio
VIEW OF NYC FROM NEW JERSEY Footage from New Jersey of a family and their view of New York's skyline. Shots include the family home, children standing on a stone wall, New York's skyline, the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge, and a man joking around on camera by pretending to fall off the edge of a steep hill. Ends with his dead body lying at the bottom of the hill. Nice classic footage of women in the family posing in their winter coats for a man with a 35 mm camera. They line up, look a bit awkward, one of them smiles and brushes hair out of her face.
Date: 1960s - COLOR Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:03:30:00, No Audio
GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE GETS 2ND LEVEL A second deck is added to New York's George Washington Bridge making it the only bridge with 14 lanes for traffic. Bridge designer and Chief Engineer Othmar Ammann is congratulated by New York and New Jersey's governors during the dedication ceremony.
MANHATTAN MOTORBOAT MARATHON Twice around Manhattan Island is the course for 73 souped-up skimmers in a boat race set against the famous skyline. A spectacular sporting event featuring the George Washington Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
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