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The Queensboro Bridge

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time,

in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


The Queensboro Bridge plays a major role in the events of Feeding. When Daray has fully turned into a giant snake, he takes Tajo across the bridge over the top of the girders that support the bridge deck. Tajo devises a harness to strap himself securely to Daray’s huge body.


The Queensboro Bridge is also called the 59th Street Bridge. It was opened in 1909 and was, for eight years, the longest cantilever bridge in North America. The bridge originally carried trolley train tracks as well as vehicular lanes.

Yeah, it’s big!


The articles below can tell you all about the history of this New York City landmark.

Queenswalk: History of the Queensboro Bridge

Wikipedia Article on the Queensboro Bridge

To Fans, Queensboro Bridge Is a Steel Swan, Not an ‘Ugly Duckling’ (New York Times)

8379347240_ec95db0af1_oCheck out some pictures of the Queensboro Bridge at this link, which includes some good shots taken from the very top of the bridge—the same view Tajo sees, only he crosses it at night.

Images of the Queensboro Bridge from New York Architecture

Nope, these guys aren’t hunting giant snakes; this is an image from the 2012 film, The Dark Knight Rises, which did location shooting on the Queensboro Bridge.


Tajo isn’t much of a Woody Allen fan, but his Aunt Lola is, and she would recognize the Queensboro Bridge in this iconic shot taken from Woody’s 1979 film, Manhattan.

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Tajo’s father Gustavo shares the sentiment of many people who live in Queens, who most certainly do not like the official name of the Queensboro Bridge.

Astoria pol proposes dropping the name “Ed Koch” from the Queensboro Bridge (New York Daily News)

Finally, what’s it like climbing the Queensboro Bridge at night? Watch this video to find out. Don’t try this at home!  Or on the Queensboro Bridge, or anywhere else, for that matter.  😀

School of American Ballet Boys Program

Tajo’s dream is to be accepted into a really good ballet school, and one of the best is the School of American Ballet (SAB), located in New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  The SAB was founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, two of the most influential figures in American ballet history.  These men also co-founded the New York City Ballet.  Graduates of the SAB often go on to major careers in ballet and other fields of dance.  To encourage more boys to dance ballet, the SAB offers a cost-free program for young boys interested in ballet.  The video above offers a terrific look at the program and the work it takes for a young person to develop into a professional dancer.  Ballet is an extremely disciplined and physically demanding art form; the dancers who make their moves look so light and effortless have invested thousands of hours of grueling work to achieve that effect.