The Verrazano Narrows Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn to New York City. Nearly 190,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. From 1964 until 1981, the Verrazano had the honor of being the longest suspension bridge in the world, but was later eclipsed by the impressive Humber Bridge in England.
The Verrazano is named after the French explorer of Italian descent Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first European navigator to enter New York Harbor, and for the body of water it spans. It has a center span of 4,260 feet and massive towers visible from the five boroughs and New Jersey.
Due to its towers' soaring 693-foot height and distance apart (4,260 feet), engineers had to consider the Earth's curvature and construct them 15⁄8 inches farther apart at their tops than at their bases. Today, the number of vehicles that cross the Verrazano Bridge exceeds 200,000 per day.