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The Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge in the World – A Personal View

April 14, 2022

Karen M. Free

When a childhood friend asked me to walk the pedestrian bridge over the Hudson River during a visit back to New York, I was excited thinking about the beautiful views I would see.

I only knew it as the abandoned railroad bridge. After we moved out of Poughkeepsie in 1987 to find a less expensive place to live across the river, my mother and I carpooled to Poughkeepsie each morning. She worked at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center (HRPC) and across the road I had classes at Marist College. I caught glimpses of the railroad bridge each evening we drove back home over the Mid-Hudson Bridge.

Long distance view of the Mid-Hudson Bridge suspension bridge
View of the Mid-Hudson Bridge from the Walkway Over the Hudson.
Photo by Karen M Free

The Walkway Over the Hudson is even more spectacular than I had imagined. I am mesmerized by all the movements on the river – a tugboat pushes two…

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