Stunning Nighttime Photos Capture NYC's Rarely-Lit George Washington Bridge

If you're local to the New York City/New Jersey area, then you're probably familiar with the George Washington Bridge. The massive architectural structure connects Manhattan to Fort Lee, New Jersey and makes it possible for relatively easy travel between the two places. But, did you know that besides its usefulness, it also lights up? The bridge is illuminated, unannounced, during a few holidays a year. A photographer with the moniker Dark Cyanide recently captured some stunning shots of it on Presidents Day.

The gorgeous photos feature a bright-white bridge set against a dark gray sky. Yellow and red streaks of light line its pathways. From some angles, you see the glittering, lit-up buildings on the other side of the bridge.

The two towers of the George Washington Bridge are 604-feet tall with 760 light fixtures placed on the interior (380 on each). According to the New York Port Authority's brochure titled George Washington Bridge Interesting Facts, they were turned on for the first time during July 4th, 2000 in celebration of Independence Day.

Dark Cyanide website and Instagram
via [This Isn't Happiness and Untapped Cities]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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