Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, vehicular suspension bridge, New York City, across the Narrows at the entrance to New York harbor, linking the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Designed by O. H. Ammann, the bridge was completed in 1964. It is the longest suspension bridge in the United States, with a main span of 4,260 ft (1,298 m). There are two levels, each holding six traffic lanes. The bridge was originally named the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, in part to honor Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered New York harbor; it was renamed in 2018 to use the spelling of the explorer's name that Verrazzano himself used.
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