What will all the tourists take pictures of? Two of the top photo ops in the neighborhood are under wraps and could be for several months. The Dakota, the historic building on the corner of 72nd street and Central Park West, was covered in scaffolding last week, and the Bow Bridge in Central Park is about to get covered up for a rehab project that could last more than three months. The Dakota has a permit for the scaffolding until February, though it’s not clear how long it will be up. The bridge is in the middle of The Lake in the 70’s.
The Central Park Conservancy sent a notice about the closure of the bridge, and some history.
“Starting Monday, April 27, the popular span will be closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water.
Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Built between 1859 and 1862, the cast iron bridge, which is shaped like an archer’s bow, spans more than 60 feet of the Lake. It was designed by architect Calvert Vaux and his assistant Jacob Wrey Mould. Their goal was to avoid having to build a suspension bridge in Central Park.”
Bottom photo via Central Park Conservancy.