Just call 59th Street Bridge the Ed Koch Bridge; former mayor gets honored with span in his name
The folk legend, who named one of his hummable hits "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)," even said he "could change the title to 'Feelin' Ed Koch.'"
"It's up to Ed," Simon told the Daily News.
Pedestrians at the base of the 7,500-foot span, which also goes by the name Queensboro Bridge, said the three-term mayor earned the honor.
Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement Wednesday during a 86th birthday celebration for Koch at Gracie Mansion. The change came the same week the Legislature voted to rename theBattery Park Tunnel in honor of Koch pal former Gov. Hugh Carey.
Koch said Thursday he was honored that his name would grace the cantilevered span, noting that he has taken it "hundreds of times, if not more" to get to the Hamptons.
But he recognized the name swap might not sink in with residents overnight.
"I hope it will be sooner, but it will probably be 50 years before people refer to it that way," he said.
Some in Queens agreed the name change is confusing.
"59th St. Bridge. Queensboro Bridge. How many names is it going to have?" asked Gary Garbino, 54, a Citibank manager in Long Island City, Queens. "People don't even know what to call it now. I'm old school, so I'll keep calling it the Queensboro."
"I never still say Triborough Bridge because, if I did, I might be fired, and that wouldn't be cool," she said. "Plus Bobby Kennedy was pretty cute, so I have no qualms about giving him credit every day during my Rail & Road Report."