January 26, 2011
The remarkable story of this NYC landmark is now being told by the Bowery Boys in one of their highly entertaining historical podcasts. There are all sorts of fun factoids and crazy stories in this story, namely about the bridge's namesake who was an Italian explorer who discovered the narrows in 1524 (almost a hundred years before Henry Hudson sailed in) but didn't go any further because he thought New York's harbor was a big lake. So instead of the Verrazano River we have the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. So why name a bridge after a second rate explorer? The story behind that is even more surprising.