Mother's Day Light Celebration Begins at Dusk on Sunday, May 14
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a multi-colored LED light show will take place on the new Kosciuszko Bridge to celebrate Mother's Day. Beginning at dusk on Sunday, May 14 and continuing through Monday morning, the Kosciuszko Bridge will be lit up in honor of New York's beloved moms.
"While no substitute for flowers, this celebration is one small way to thank hard-working moms across New York for everything they do," Governor Cuomo said. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish every mother across the state a happy Mother's Day and invite them to enjoy this beautiful light show."
The Kosciuszko Bridge will bloom into a splash of springtime color at dusk on Mother's Day. Soft pink, yellow and orange colors will strum across the bridge cables to celebrate Moms across New York. LED lights will change to different tempos throughout the light show.
On April 27, Governor Cuomo announced the completion of the first span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge. The Kosciuszko Bridge project is replacing the existing 78-year-old bridge, which first opened in 1939 under President Roosevelt's administration. Once complete, the new bridge will consist of two state-of-the-art, cable-stayed bridges, one Queens-bound and one Brooklyn-bound.
The $555 million Phase I project is the largest single contract the New York State Department of Transportation has ever undertaken – resulting in the construction of the Queens-bound bridge, which includes three lanes of traffic in each direction until the completion of Phase II. The new bridge will benefit approximately 200,000 commuters each day and has a service life of 100 years, ensuring its viability well into the future.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "The New York State Department of Transportation is proud to be a part of a project that has transformed the New York City skyline in such spectacular fashion. We are equally proud to honor New York’s moms with by lighting up this beautiful bridge in their honor and we look forward to working with Governor Cuomo on future celebrations."
On April 27, the Governor premiered the "New York Harbor of Lights" following the grand opening celebration of the first span of the Kosciuszko Bridge – the first new bridge constructed in New York City since the Verrazano Bridge in 1964. The spectacular light show, which was coordinated with lights on the Empire State Building and synchronized to music airing on multiple iHeartRadio stations, marked the first performance in "The New York Harbor of Lights." Building on the state’s burgeoning tourism industry, the multi-color LED light shows will transform New York's magnificent structures into world-renowned tourist attractions, drawing even more visitors to the Empire State and driving the economy of the metropolitan area.
In addition to the Kosciuszko Bridge, aesthetic LED lighting will be installed on all seven MTA-operated bridges and tunnels by May 2018, including:
- Henry Hudson Bridge
- Whitestone Bridge
- Throgs Neck Bridge
- RFK Triborough Bridge
- Queens Midtown Tunnel
- Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel
- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
- Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge
- Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge
The George Washington Bridge is also included in "The New York Harbor of Lights." The lights will have ability to be coordinated to music and to one another for special events. The shows will significantly boost the state tourism industry, which already sees $63 billion in direct visitor spending annually – a $9 billion increase since 2011.