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The George Washington Bridge

The George Washington Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Hudson River that connects part of New York City, New York, to Fort Lee, New Jersey. It is 4,750 feet (1584 meters) long and was designed by Othmar H. Ammann. The building began on October 21, 1927, and it was opened on October 25, 1931, at the cost of $59 million. A second level was added below the main level and opened to traffic on August 29, 1962. There are also walkways for pedestrians and bicyclists on the north and south sides of the bridge.

The main span of the bridge is 3,500 ft (1,067 m) long, and it is 119 ft (36 m) wide. Four cables suspend it, each cable weighing 28,450 tons, and each is made from 26,474 individual wires. The total length of all the wire in the four cables is 107,000 mi (172,200 km).

Ammann chose the site for the bridge because the river was narrower at this point. The banks on either side were high, which meant the bridge could be tall enough for ships to pass underneath, without having to build long rising bridge approaches.

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George Washington Bridge Photography Hot Spot Location

Photography Information:

You can go here at any time of the year. The Ross Dock Park is located directly under the George Washington Bridge, (GWB) on the New Jersey side in Fort Lee. It closes at dusk, and they lock the gate to the park even if you are inside. When you see the patrol car doing rounds, they are clearing the park so they can lock it down for the night. It is a very long walk to walk in, over a mile and limited parking out on the main road leading into the park.

This is a great location for the winter months when the leaves have fallen off the trees and photography locations are scarce. You can go over to the other side of the water and photograph it from New York as well. We were just here, and it was ten degrees out, so we did not venture to the other side. We wanted to go back here to get some images with the ice in the water to of course, as usual, do something different than the rest of the world. Yes, some have done this of course but far less than the regular shot.

A few birds flew by but not many. Bring your widest angle lens, circular polarizing filters, ND filters, tripod and shutter release to this location. To get the depth of field, you will need to shoot in aperture priority. Here is our page on Aperture Priority if you need a refresher.

If you are doing the bridge at night, you can also see our Dark Sky Photography Page.  There are no Milky Way skies here if you are new to Milky Way Photography.

There is a Korean area just nearby with a ton of Korean barbeques. We explored our options for food, and there were not many American restaurants in the area so we gave it a shot and we loved it. Our meal was all vegetables. Vegetables at a barbeque? It is not your standard barbeque. They brought us a pot which we cooked ourselves on our table and added in what we ordered. Add in this experience and what a day or night it will be!

 

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Hotel Information

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Park Information

Ross Dock Park Area Information.

There is a parking free from May through September CASH ONLY – $5.00 weekdays and $10 on the weekends.

Ross Dock Picnic Area features picnic tables, some grills (visitors are permitted to bring their own), a large children’s playground, restrooms, water, and waste receptacles, as well as access to fishing and crabbing, access to our trail system and Henry Hudson Drive, and access to a boat launching ramp for both trailered boats under 24 feet and car-top boats (canoe and kayak) at Hazard’s Dock.

A refreshment stand, with drinks, snacks, ice cream, and picnic and barbecue supplies, is open on weekends in the summer.

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Restaurants

Chart House

Great Food and a Great Photography Hot Spot

1700 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken, N.J.

Located right on the Hudson River and directly across from Manhattan, Chart House Weehawken at Lincoln Harbor offers gorgeous panoramic views of the glittering New York skyline – from the Empire State Building to Wall Street. An unforgettable seafood restaurant, Chart House thrills diners not only with its views and million dollar remodel.

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