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Councilman: Drop the ‘Ed Koch’ from the Queensboro Bridge

(PIX11)  – City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. never wanted the Queensboro Bridge to be renamed the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and he’s now making a move to erase hizzoner’s name from the structure.

“Manhattan has a bridge, Brooklyn has a bridge, even Williamsburg has a bridge.  But they took the Queensboro Bridge from the borough and we want it back.” he told PIX11.

Vallone opposed the renaming in 2011 and says he won’t rest until the name is changed back.  He says he is drafting legislation aimed at reclaiming the bridge for the people of Queens and renaming the Municipal Building after the former mayor.

The bridge is known by several names,  including the 59th Street Bridge, immortalized in the song “Feeling Groovy,” by Paul Simon.

But Vallone says, “It’s never been the 59th Street Bridge.

“That just came from the song and that just happens to be the street that it empties into.”

And even though he is looking to strike his name from the bridge, Vallone insists he has nothing against Ed Koch.

“I like Ed Koch.  He was a good friend of my family.  This has nothing to do with him.”

The Sunnyside Post website surveyed readers and of about 140 who responded 79% of them said Koch’s name should be dropped.

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