Queensboro Bridge

The Queensboro Bridge is a New York City historic landmark built in the 1910s. The space underneath the Manhattan side of the bridge originally was designed for use as an open-air market. After nearly 50 years of neglect, the space was in total disrepair and home to river rats. Graciano restored this cathedral-like space to its original use as a public marketplace—the now-thriving Bridgemarket.

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The project included:

  • The first-ever rebuilding of Guastavino vaults
  • Removal, cleaning, repair, and replacement of terra cotta tile — one of the largest terra-cotta restoration projects in the world
  • Replacement of over 3,600 terra-cotta tiles, 1,728 trim borders and 3,290 ornate field pieces
  • Removal of existing mortar joints and new pointing to match in terms of color and raised joint tooling

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Project Details

  • Completion Date: 3/22/2000
  • Owner: City of New York
  • Architect: Chuck De Santo, Walter B. Melvin Associates
  • General Contractor: Grow-Perini

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