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Churchill: Tappan Zee is the right name for new bridge
February 07, 2018

Albany In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," that most Hudson Valley of stories, the name appears in the very first sentence. Tappan Zee. Referring to what Washington Irving called "the broad expansion of the river," Tappan Zee blends the name given to the Native Americans who lived on the western bank with the Dutch word for sea. It is wonderfully evocative. To modern ears, of course, Tappan Zee is most associated with the bridge that crossed there, connecting Rockland and Westchester counties. When you drove over the Tappan Zee, with the towers of Manhattan rising up across the southern horizon, the name felt perfect. You couldn't be anywhere else. The Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge? Even if you admired him, it isn't the same.

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