Today marks a sad 63rd anniversary for the Tappan Zee Bridge. A younger rival which replaced it, the Mario Cuomo Bridge, sits a few hundred feet away. Most of the old bridge's signature span has already been removed. To add insult to those injuries, engineers are seeking permits to blow up what remains of the TZB, because it's too dangerous for workers to dismantle the final sections. Things were more upbeat on December 15, 1955
63 years ago today, Governor Averell Harriman and Actress Helen Hayes joined the mayors of Nyack, South Nyack, Suffern and Tarrytown and a motorcade of 400 cars to dedicate the new Tappan Zee Bridge. "Nyack and the surrounding area assumes its position on the 'Main Street of the Empire State' today and the new Thruway bridge brings it within easy commuting range of metropolitan New York," said NYS Thruway Chairman Bertam D. Tallamy. He was evasive about the name -- because it wasn't officially named the Tappan Zee Bridge until two months after the dedication.