Stop the Renaming of the Queensboro Bridge
  • Petitioned Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Speaker Christine Quinn

Stop the Renaming of the Queensboro Bridge

    1. Philip Tatel
    2. Petition by

      Philip Tatel

      Sunnyside, NY

Dear supporters,

"Queensboro" has not been erased from the bridge. That says a lot. That we spoke out on this makes a difference. Thank you for being true to our borough. Always keep Queens a destination.

Sincerely,

Phil

 

If you have not already, please also sign this other petition opposing the rename:

Petition opposed to renaming the Queensboro Bridge

Read on for more information:

In December 2010, the city proposed to rename the Queensboro Bridge after former mayor Edward I. Koch. More recently, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., a resident and native son of Queens, opposed the renaming in defense of his home borough and its namesake icon. Other citizens have voiced opposition to the renaming for various reasons.

Related articles:

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/soon-you-can-take-the-koch-bridge-to-queens/?partner=rss&emc=rss

http://gothamist.com/2011/03/23/queensboro_bridge_could_be_koch_bri.php),

http://www.queenstribune.com/deadline/Deadline_031711_Push_To_Save_Bridge_Queensboro_Identity.html

http://sunnysidepost.com/2011/03/21/van-bramer-gives-koch-bridge-the-thumbs-down/

http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/59562/et-tu-tony-sen-avella-opposes-koch-bridge/ 

http://www.qgazette.com/news/2011-03-02/Editorials/Queensboro_Bridge_Name_Should_Remain.html

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_localnyc/queensboro-bridge-should-not-be-renamed-after-former-mayor-ed-koch-70-of-queens-biz-leaders-say

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/koch-says-let-the-bridge-debate-play-out/

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/the-edward-i-koch-fill-in-name-of-landmark-here/

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/02/15/renaming-queensboro-for-koch-a-bridge-too-far-for-some/

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Bloomberg-to-Rename-Queensboro-Bridge-After-Former-Mayor-Koch-111527514.html

 

"On September 11th, 2001,my father, an immigrant resident of Queens, had only one means of getting home. So, like many that day, he crossed the Queensboro Bridge by foot. I too crossed the bridge that day and when I did, I knew exactly where I was going. I wasn't feeling groovy. I never once thought about Ed Koch. All I knew was that I was on my way home."

-Philip Tatel, Queens, NY.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      This isn't over!

    2. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      "Speaking of which, it seemed somewhat incongruous to name a heavily used roadway, the Queensboro Bridge, for a man who is never behind the wheel himself, former Mayor Edward I. Koch. A retired police officer on his security detail drives him around."

    3. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporters,

      "Queensboro" has not been erased from the bridge. That says a lot. That we spoke out on this makes a difference. Thank you for being true to our borough. Always keep Queens a destination.

      -Phil

    4. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      I truly sad day for our borough.

    5. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      Faxed the petition to the mayors office this morning. Had I known there was going to be an article on the petition( I would have waited. In any case, thanks to everyone for the extra signatures. They aren't going to waste!

    6. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      Latest news: Councilman Van Bramer opposes rename...

    7. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      Dear visitors,

      If you have not already, please sign this other petition opposing the rename:

      It currently has more than 580 signatures and will be the leading force in swaying the city council. I appreciate your help with the petition I had started here, but it will be most effective if we concentrate our efforts through one list.

      Thanks to you all for making this petition a small but nonetheless significant success.

      -Philip

    8. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much to everyone for supporting this petition. I'm very happy to announce that we have broken 100 signatures and I only see that number growing. Keep the commotion going and do everything you can to make sure that City Council doesn't pass this rename.

    9. Reached 100 signatures
    10. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      "In all, six Council members say they will vote in favor of renaming the bridge, six are undecided on the matter and just three hold firm stances against the plan....Remaining undecided on the matter are Council members Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), James Sanders (D-Laurelton), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) and Diana Reyna (D-Ridgewood)."

      That's really sad... if you live in any of the neighborhoods whose council person is not opposing the rename, make sure to contact him or her. They all need to hear from their respective constituents!

    11. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      A link to a 1908 petition to change the bridge's name to "Queensboro" from "Blackwell's Island":

      History will repeat itself....

    12. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      Tip: If you aren't satisfied with just this petition, google search "Queensboro Bridge Petition" to find others.

    13. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      There's another petition that's gotten even more signatures than this one. When you're done signing this one, if you feel like doubling your impact, sign again here:

    14. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      A word from Councilman Vallone:

    15. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      Breaking News: Sen. Avella speaks out against bridge renaming...

    16. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      Good op-ed from the Queens Gazette that pretty much says it all:

    17. Reached 50 signatures
    18. Philip Tatel
      Petition Organizer

      New article on how business owners are angry with the name change:

    19. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Deborah O'Sullivan HUNTINGTON, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I grew up in Sunnyside NY..it will always be the QUEENSBOROUGH BRIDGE to those who live in & used to live in QUEENS....DO NOT KILL THE PAST...DO NOT THROUGH OUR MEMORIES AWAY...

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    • Liza Mueller SUNNYSIDE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      As a proud Queens resident of 5 years, I would like to ask that the bridge remain named the Queensboro Bridge. I love the bridge and it's legacy of over 100 years and feel that a renaming would be disrespectful to not only the bridge but the entire borough. Would you rename the Brooklyn Bridge after Ed Koch? I think not.

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    • A DeLand COLLEGE POINT, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      On one hand the mayor is screaming about being forced to lay off teachers, on the other he is promoting a fiscally useless renaming of a bridge that ALREADY has two names. Stop the nonsense.

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    • Michael Perlman KEW GARDENS, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      The Queensboro Bridge is a LANDMARK on an architectural, cultural, and historical basis, and even its name is safeguarded under the Landmarks Law. Opinions aside on the integrity of former Mayor Ed Koch, but what affiliation does he have with the bridge and that of Queens? Why must historic names of our city's bridges be altered or stripped completely? Many are named after our historic vicinities and the borough. The political name-changing trend must come to a halt! There are many more projects that convey wisdom, where funding should be applied to. This is needless, and many citywide residents we have conversed with feel it is another long-term publicity campaign at our city's "expense," in more ways than one.

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    • Tara Kelsey ASTORIA, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      The Queensboro Bridge means so much to so many of our city's residents. It's as iconic as the great borough of Queens. Do not support changing it's name. My husband walked over that bridge TWICE during major crisis (September 11, 2001 and during the 2003 blackout). It meant so much to city residents who were on that bridge on those days to know home wasn't far away.

      Ed Koch has done much for this city as it's mayor, but not enough to forever tie him to the Queensboro Bridge. Find another way of honoring him.

      - Tara Kelsey, Astoria, Queens, NY

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