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December 10th, 2011

By Philip Turner in: Books & Writing; Personal History, Family, Friends, Education, Travels; Urban Life & New York City

How This Blog Got its Name


In a previous blog post, “An 80th Birthday Makeover for The Great Gray Bridge,” dear reader, you will note I’ve borrowed the name for that entry, and the name for this very blog, from a nickname for the George Washington Bridge first used decades ago. My source is the 1942 children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge written by Hildegarde H. Swift and illustrated by Lynd Ward, creator of the remarkable wordless novel, God’s Man, which was published in 1929, the very week of the stock market crash. It is a source of joy and pride for me that I am able to borrow from that classic the name for this blog “spanning urban life, books, music, culture, current events.” Below are some pertinent photos I’ve taken of the bridge, the lighthouse, the river, and the grounds surrounding them on the Manhattan side of the Hudson. I take pictures during bike rides I take from my NY apartment to upper Manhattan. I’d understand if some of these scenes surprise you with just how sweet, bucolic, and pretty the city’s Hudson shoreline really is. That’s New York City, for you, full of surprises for the eager observer.

Two final notes:

  • The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge remains in print today;
  • Thank you to web designer and friend, Harry Candelario, who adapted one of my photographs for the backdrop art for the home page of The Great Gray Bridge.

All photographs: Philip Turner

5 Responses to “How This Blog Got its Name”

  1. By The Henry Hudson Bridge–75 Years above the Sputyen Duyvil | The Great Gray Bridge on December 10th, 2011

    the George Washington Bridge, which opened in 1931 and which I recently blogged about here and here–the Henry Hudson Bridge began carrying traffic in the 1930s, 1936 to be exact. Reading

  2. By Adrian Havill on December 10th, 2011

    Great blog and great title for a blog, Philip. Fun fact of the day for your readers: Lionsgate Entertainment, which has a megahit in THE HUNGER GAMES, is named after the iconic Lions Gate bridge in Vancouver, Canada.

  3. By Philip Turner on December 10th, 2011

    Thanks for visiting my site, and glad to learn that about Lionsgate. Good luck with your sites, too. I’ll be visiting. Best, Philip

  4. By A Skunk in the City, for Real | The Great Gray Bridge on December 10th, 2011

    [...] New York City doesn’t offer quite as many topographical challenges as the North Country but I get my miles in every week, and there are some lovely spots to ride in the city. Some days I ride on the Central Park loop that goes around the perimeter of the big park; other days I pedal along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side, all the way up to the George Washington Bridge, where readers of this blog may recall the Little Red Lighthouse resides under the Great Gray Bridge, which I wrote about in a foundational post, How This Blog Got its Name. [...]

  5. By Exploring the Little Red Lighthouse, a Manhattan Gem | The Great Gray Bridge on December 10th, 2011

    […] of the blog, under the heading “Foundational Posts” is a post I wrote early on called How This Blog Its Name, about these two NY […]

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