Zed-letter day! Pols back Verrazano-Narrows name fix

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority must fix a 50-year-old typo, according to area pols.

The agency should correct its spelling of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge — named for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano — which has been missing a Z since it opened in 1964, thanks to a petition started by a Dyker Heights man, local pols wrote in a Dec. 7 letter to agency chief Thomas Prendergast.

“It is out opinion, along with the almost 1,000 signatories, that as we move forward, the MTA should take serious consideration in rectifying this error on all future signage,” state senators Martin Golden and Andrew Lanza wrote.

Replacing all the posts bearing the error immediately would be costly and cause traffic jams, so the pols are asking the Department of Transportation, which maintains signs, to phase in the correction.

“We suggest instead that as signs become faded, unserviceable, or become a safety issue, they are replaced with new ones with the correct spelling of Verrazzano,” they wrote.

Dyker Heights resident and Italian-American advocate Robert Nash circulated the petition earlier this summer calling on the agency to fix the faulty spelling.

The revision would end a decades-long insult to the first European to explore New York Bay, Nash said.

“I’m extremely happy — I can’t tell you how happy I am. Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered our neck of the woods, and we honored him with a bridge — the least we can do is spell his name right,” Nash said.

—with Caroline Spivack

Reach deputy editor Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: An early version of this story attributed the letter to Prendergast. It was written by state senators Martin Golden and Andrew Lanza.
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Reasonable discourse

Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
Another day, another bad reputation towards the general public by the cash-strapped MTA.
Dec. 13, 2016, 9:09 am
TypoBen from Brooklyn Heights says:
uhhh do you spell check or even proof read? Is the MTA agreeing to this or not. it give the impression that they have, but also that it's just a request from the politicians.
Dec. 13, 2016, 10:14 am
Anti-Funk from Bay Ridge says:
We need two Zs. The previous commenter is against progress in bay ridge. Robert Nash will cradle our big neighborhood in glory. #MAGA
Dec. 13, 2016, 10:21 am
Conan from Bay Ridge says:
A Viking explorer named Leif Erikssson was the 1st european to reach these waters, and land on the east coast. Giovanni had a Viking map. The bridge should have been named Erikssson Bridge.
Dec. 13, 2016, 11:14 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Yay! And hey grumpy people... don't take things so intensely jeez...
Dec. 13, 2016, 12:21 pm
sg from north brooklyn says:
Anyway MTA did not seem to mention any costs when it recently renamed Battery tunnel, Triboro and Queensboro bridges.

Correct the typo or keep it as a badge of ignorance and inefficiency?
Dec. 13, 2016, 3:39 pm
Zelda "ZZ" Zycherman from Bedford-Stuyvezzant says:
The more Z's you get, the better!
Dec. 13, 2016, 4:15 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm more concerned with the high toll that is being charged when taking this bridge into Brooklyn than how its name is being spelled on the highway signs.
Dec. 13, 2016, 4:47 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to say this, but it would be a lot less expensive to use "N"s....And then tilt them to the side (not unlike the many pizza parlors that save by doing this).
John Wasserman/Patriot
Dec. 13, 2016, 5:04 pm
Man from Newkirk Plaza says:
It should be spelled correctly, but however it's spelled, who refers to it by both names? Let's get rid of the hyphen.
Dec. 14, 2016, 12:32 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Hyphens are mostly used to break single words into parts, or to join ordinarily separate words into single words. Spaces are not placed between a hyphen and either of the elements it connects except when using a suspended or "hanging" hyphen that stands in for a repeated word (as in nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers). Style conventions that apply to hyphens (and dashes) have evolved to support ease of reading in complex constructions; editors often accept deviations if they aid rather than hinder easy comprehension.
Dec. 14, 2016, 1:46 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasntville, NY says:
Maybe they should just stick to abbreviations since they are shorter and will probably cost less not to mention will take less time to put up.
Dec. 14, 2016, 4:18 pm
Rosario from Brooklyn says:
Just Change the sign with the correct spelling..You charge enough just FIX it
Dec. 23, 2016, 12:21 am

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