Oddly enough, the bridge’s construction began in 1929 — on Black Friday — and immediately fell into financial trouble. Robert Moses revived the project, and the bridge eventually opened in 1936. Its construction cost more than the Hoover Dam’s.
“Bridge” is actually a misnomer. The Triborough — sorry, the RFK — is actually actually three bridges,
a viaduct, and 14 miles of approach roads — all of which connect three boroughs: Manhattan, Queens,
and the Bronx.
Governor Hugh Carey first considered renaming the bridge after the late Senator Kennedy in 1975. Guess who blocked it then. None other than Robert Moses.