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Brass Band Wants Kosciuszko Bridge To Go Out with An Explosive Symphony

By Gwynne Hogan | April 7, 2017 7:19am
 Workers will demolish the old bridge this summer, according to the state.
Workers will demolish the old bridge this summer, according to the state.
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New York State Department of Transportation

GREENPOINT — They want the Kosciuszko Bridge to go out with more than just a bang.

Big band musicians from New York Brass, who've recorded horns for the likes of Kanye West and Rihanna, according to their website, want to provide musical accompaniment to the demolition of the Kosciuszko Bridge, this summer.

Trumpeter Danny Flam launched an online petition Thursday, calling on the city to help orchestrate an army of volunteer brass players to blare out tunes like "London Bridge is Falling Down," "1812 Overture," and music from "Titanic" as explosives tear the bridge apart.

"It should be an awesome event to experience," the online petition reads. Flam didn't immediately return a request for further comment.

In February the state announced that as part of ongoing construction on the new Kosciuszko Bridge, the old bridge will be cut into segments, exploded and carted off.

The announcement angered community residents who worried about the environmental impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.

The first section of the new bridge is nearly completed, while workers will begin construction on the second half. All work should be done by 2020, according to the state.

Jon Weinstein, a spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, said the date of the bridge explosion hasn't been determined yet. 

“We’re still in the planning stage for the ceremonial and viewing aspects of the implosion — but we’re looking forward to sharing this moment with New Yorkers,” he said.