September 11, 2011
I like to walk bridges. I've crossed the obvious: The Brooklyn Bridge, with its panorama of Manhattan, makes your heart soar. And I've strolled the obscure, including the Duke Ellington Bridge over Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek. (In a world that generally names infrastructure after politicians, it's hard not to admire a span honoring a jazz musician.) Each bridge inspires. I'm awed by the engineering and the audacity to tame nature, or at least a tiny sliver of it. And I love the setting, suspended between water and sky. Yet none of this prepared me for the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. It's hardly the prettiest span: a 1940s-era bridge arching over the muddy Alabama River.
June 5, 1989 |
A handicapped daredevil calling himself "Megaman" and wearing a cape today dangled from the George Washington Bridge, throwing smoke bombs and causing a massive rush-hour traffic snarl. After about two hours, police hauled the man up by the ropes he used to hang from the bridge and arrested him. The daredevil, identified as Raymond Mohammad of the Bronx, was the same man who last August dangled from a wheelchair from the Brooklyn Bridge, his Megaman nickname emblazoned on his socks, police said.
January 10, 1993 |
Who's killing prime-time television's quality shows, the networks or the viewers? The networks say it's the viewers--bombarded with options, remote control at the ready and impatient for entertainment. Viewers, especially those deeply attached to well-crafted programs that fall into the ratings margins, say it's the networks that are impatient, catering to the whims of the lowest common denominator.
June 22, 2003 |
When the Brooklyn Bridge was approaching its 100th birthday in 1983, a committee of dignitaries spent years planning the celebration, then threw a party to remember, with fireworks seen for miles. That bridge remains such a beloved landmark that even its 120th birthday last month became an occasion for festivities, capped by a laser light show. "It's the bridge to the world," Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said.
August 28, 1994 |
Gary David Goldberg is thrilled that Bravo has chosen his acclaimed 1991-93 CBS series "Brooklyn Bridge" as the latest offering on its "TV Too Good for TV" showcase. (During the past year, "Twin Peaks" and "Max Headroom" have found a new home on the cable channel.) "Brooklyn Bridge," which premiered to great acclaim in September, 1991, is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama based on creator-executive producer Goldberg's childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1956.
October 12, 1991 |
It's been almost an axiom in network TV that weekly series with a distinctly ethnic Jewish flavor will be tuned out because of limited appeal. So imagine the delight of CBS as initial episodes of "Brooklyn Bridge," a warm and witty comedy about a distinctly Jewish family in 1950s Brooklyn, have registered higher ratings nationally than in the big cities where many Jewish people live.