Monday, March 28, 2005

TTS - Les Amants du Bayonne Bridge

Today's Top Story

Bridges can be romantic - no question about it - Venice is full of the things, my sister in-law's brother proposed to his beloved on the Brooklyn Bridge and that seemed fairly cool- but when I think of the Glory of Love the words "Bayonne" and "Bridge" don't instantly spring to mind. But that just me...

SILive: Betrothed on the Bayonne: An interstate engagement

"With a little help from Borough President James Molinaro, Bayonne Bridge Security and Port Authority officers, Laline, the son of Advance Editor Brian Laline, sought to arrange his Easter Sunday surprise.

He had hoped to stop traffic for 15 minutes in one Island-bound lane so he could pop the question in front of the sign marking the NY/NJ divide.

But such schemes never go exactly as planned."

I feel for the guy - what says "I Love You Baby" more than mobilizing multiple city services, calling in a bunch of favors and inconveniencing your fellow Staten Islanders for a quarter of an hour or so. But bureaucracies have no heart...

"Minutes before he was to pick up Ms. Nowicki in Bayonne and drive back to Staten Island for Easter Sunday dinner with his family, Laline was told that safety precautions only allowed him to use the bridge's walkway, which cannot be accessed from the center of the bridge, and spans about a half-mile walk...

... Soon the day was saved by quick-thinking police, who pulled over Laline's black Chevy Tahoe near the center of the Bayonne Bridge.

An awaiting inspector hoisted Ms. Nowicki safely over the railing, where she was seated as planned in a silver chair bedecked in shimmering balloons and two dozen roses."

Not only did our soon to be groom have to settle for the bridge's walkway instead of stopping traffic for his true love but the Advance (which his dad is editor of!) couldn't even take a decent picture of the event for it's prime spot on A3.