Girl Scouts Take Over The George Washington Bridge

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Who were all of those young people on the southwalk of the George Washington Bridge on Sunday, November 13, 2011? They were Girl Scouts, of course!

The girls held a “bridging” event to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Of course, this isn’t the only way the George Washington Bridge is helping them celebrate. The GWB, which is the world’s busiest bridge, is being lit green for nearly the entire month.

Anyway, around 2,000 scouts bundled up to take in the windy but breathtaking view of New York City, the Palisades, and the Hudson River. They seemed genuinely excited, albeit cold. While the Girl Scouts were on the southwalk, the regular pedestrians and cyclists were rerouted the usually closed northwalk.

In addition to the scouts (and their family members) walking across the bridge to the New York tower and then back to Fort Lee, there were all sorts of activities set up on Martha Washington Way, which was closed for the day. The events included dance lessons from the main stage, a crafts tent, tents from the Hudson River Museum, Liberty Science Center, and New York Liberty, plus bouncy castles and a rock wall.

The day was capped off with speeches from Helen Wronski, president and CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northern NJ; Mark Sokolich, mayor of Fort Lee; Kathe Donovan, Bergen County Executive; Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority; and Mary Pat Christie, first lady of New Jersey.

Girl Scouts on the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts on the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Manhattan skyline seen from the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Manhattan skyline seen from the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Manhattan skyline seen from the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Manhattan skyline seen from the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts on the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts on the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Airplane over the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Airplane over the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts on the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts on the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Dance lesson at the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Dance lesson at the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Crafts tent at the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Crafts tent at the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts cross the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

My vantage point for some of the photography from the Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

My vantage point for some of the photography from the Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Helicopter flies overhead - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Helicopter flies overhead - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Proud Girl Scouts and their mothers - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Proud Girl Scouts and their mothers - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

At one point, while walking up the ramp to the bridge, I saw some of the scouts clasping their hands over their mouths in genuine horror and going “Oh my!” and turned around to see what they were looking at. WARNING: POSSIBLY GRAPHIC CONTENT.

Dead deer on the roof of a car approaching the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Dead deer on the roof of a car approaching the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Manhattan skyline seen from the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Manhattan skyline seen from the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

One World Trade Center is seen from the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

One World Trade Center is seen from the George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts proud after crossing the George Washington Bridge - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts proud after crossing the George Washington Bridge - Nov 13, 2011

Ship on the Hudson River as seen from the Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Ship on the Hudson River as seen from the Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Girl Scouts pose with New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Girl Scouts pose with New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Mary Pat Christie, first lady of New Jersey; Kathe Donovan, Bergen County Executive; Helen Wronski, president and CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northern NJ; Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority; Mark Sokolich, mayor of Fort Lee - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Mary Pat Christie, first lady of New Jersey; Kathe Donovan, Bergen County Executive; Helen Wronski, president and CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northern NJ; Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority; Mark Sokolich, mayor of Fort Lee - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

Mascot at New York Liberty tent at Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 14, 2011

Mascot at New York Liberty tent at Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebration - Fort Lee, NJ - Nov 13, 2011

– Evan Bindelglass

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3 Responses to Girl Scouts Take Over The George Washington Bridge

  1. Pingback: Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years With GWB 'Bridging' Event « CBS New York

  2. Great story. You certainly captured the spirit and essence of the day. The photos are perfect. Thanks for capturing such history in the making… 100 years of Girl Scouting!

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