The Verrazano Bridge, as seen from Brooklyn. Photo by Faisal (PD)


The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that connects Staten Island and Brooklyn is supposed to be named after explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. Sooo, where’s the 2nd ‘z’?

Giovanni da Verrazano. (PD)


According to an MTA statement reported in DNAinfo, the typographical error occurred in 1964 when the bridge opened, and was never corrected.

Queen Mary 2 cruises under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Photo by ©John Skelson courtesy of Phyllis Featherstone and the Skelson estate.


Robert Nash, of Dyker Heights, thinks its high time that error was fixed, “It’s been 52 years we’ve been spelling it wrong,” [said] Nash. “If we’re really going to honor him — and his name has two ‘Z’s — then it’s time.

The Verrazano-Narrow Bridge – an aerial view showing NY harbor’s upper and lower bays. PD photo.


MTA has no plans to change the name of the bridge because it would be too costly to get new signs.

What do you all think? Spend the money and fix the signs? Or leave ’em be?

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee