National Geographic : 1923 Apr
\o Photograph byThe Army Air Service HELL GATE BRIDGE, GIVING A THROUGH RAIL CONNECTION BETWEEN NEW ENGLAND AND THE SOUTH Built in the form of a great crescent, Hell Gate Bridge, spanning East River and making possiblethe through expresses between Boston and Washington, is one of the world's finest examples of bridge engineering. With the Connecting Railway,ofwhich itisapart, itrequired four years to build, at a cost of $27,000,000. In the foreground is the I,ooo-foot steel span, the largest in the world,containing four times asmuch steel asthe Woolworth Building. In the lower right-hand corner is a bit of Long Island. Beyond the steel span is Ward's Island, and above that Randall's Island. The channel in the background is Harlem River, and beyond that the southern edge of the Bronx (see inset Map ofNew York intheMap ofthe United States supplement with this issue of THE GEOGRAPHIC).