City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is drafting legislation that would remove former Mayor Edward Koch’s name from what used to be the Queensboro Bridge. The bridge, built in 1909, was named after Koch in 2011 to celebrate the former mayor’s 86th birthday. At the time Vallone objected to the change and helped to circulate a petition critical of the plan. He later tried and failed to pass legislation that would prohibit the city from naming landmarks after living people. Vallone told the New York Post “Never in a million years would they think to rename the Brooklyn or Manhattan bridges. But for some reason, it was OK to slap Queens around.” What do you think? Should the bridge revert to its original name, or do you like the ring of its current mouthful — the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge?

Councilman Drafting Legislation to Take Former Mayor Koch’s Name off Queensboro Bridge [NY Post]
Feelin’ Groovy: A Queensboro Bridge Primer [Brownstoner Queens]

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Join Grace Meng is celebrating her first 100 days in office tomorrow (Sunday) April 14 at 2pm in the auditorium of Francis Lewis High School, 58- 20 Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows (GMAP). All constituents are welcome but should RSVP to Meng’s office by emailing inaugural.meng@mail.house.gov or calling 718-423- 2154.

Source: Grace Meng via Facebook

The Queens Gazette reports:

“It’s hard to believe that it will soon be 100 days since I took the oath of office,” said Meng. “But since being sworn in, I’ve hit the ground running, working non-stop for the people I’m privileged to represent. I look forward to talking about all I’ve been doing during my first 100 days when I celebrate this momentous occasion with my constituents, community leaders, guests and colleagues on April 14.”