December 9, 2010 / Brooklyn news / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Hugh-ge honor! Battery Tunnel to be renamed for former governor and Brooklyn legend

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The Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel is about to be renamed for Hugh Carey — the Park Slope congressman who achieved his greatest fame as the governor who saved New York from fiscal ruin.

Gov. Paterson is expected to sign legislation passed this week in Albany authorizing the renaming, hailing Carey as a leader who “laid the foundation for New York City’s revitalization, and for the development of Lower Manhattan and the outer boroughs that accompanied it.”

“It is fitting that his crucial artery to the life of the city is named in his honor,” Paterson wrote in support of the bill.

Carey, now 91-years-old, lived in Bay Ridge and Park Slope, and served as governor from 1975 to 1982.

It is not clear how much it will cost to change all the signs leading to the tunnel, but two years ago, it cost the state $4 million to adequately inform drivers that the Triboro Bridge had been renamed for Robert F. Kennedy.

State lawmakers heaped praised on Carey, calling the renaming well deserved.

“He brought us back from very difficult times,” said state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), who enjoyed Carey’s support when he running for office in 2002. “He’s a good man.”

The tunnel, whose mouth is near Hamilton Avenue, connects Red Hook to Lower Manhattan.

Some historians wondered if it is too soon to rename the tube after Carey.

“I like the idea of naming things after people who are a little more in the past,” said New York historian Francis Marrone. “There are a lot of notable people who have nothing named after them — like Andrew Haswell Green and James Stranahan, builders of New York.”

Still, Morrone, who described himself as a great admirer of Carey, was supportive of the renaming.

“Names like Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel are a little dull, so I think it is a good idea,” he said.

It’s not the first time that Carey has been close to immortality.

In 2008, Congress took up a bill to rename the new federal courthouse on Cadman Plaza for the only Brooklynite to be elected governor. But in a last-minute maneuver, Sen. Charles Schumer got the building named for Theodore Roosevelt, a Manhattanite who later became president.

The city is on a renaming binge right now. On the same day that the news broke about the Carey tunnel, Mayor Bloomberg announced that he wants to rename the Queensboro Bridge after Ed Koch.

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Resident from of PPW says:
Ugh, what is next? Why don't we just change the name of Prospect Park to Commissioner Sadik-Khan park? Instead of the Brooklyn Bridge, how about the Mike Bloomberg Bridge?
Dec. 9, 2010, 6:19 am
Pete from TriBoroForever says:
waste of money. Keep the real names.
If these guys want something named after them let them donate $10m to some college or hospital.
Another dumb Bloomberg move. (and for pete sake-wait till he's dead already)
Dec. 9, 2010, 9:02 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
So glad we have all the pot holes filled that we have time for this and the money to change the signs.

Whoops! Time for a toll raise!
Dec. 9, 2010, 10:15 am
common sense from bay ridge says:
Names like Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel are dull? Why not name the tunnel after Willie Sutton, since NYC, the TBTA, and the MTA are run by a bunch of crooks. It will be even more fitting when it costs $10 to use the tunnel, which should be in about 3 years.
Dec. 9, 2010, 11:42 am
Tony V from South Slope says:
I am a native NYer.

It will always be the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the Triborough Bridge, the Interboro Parkway.

It's the Empire State Building.
It's the White House.

Naming utilitarian things after the dead is stupid. That's why there are museums -- that's where the dead belong (and Hugh Carey was dead when he was governor).

He was no hero -- crime skyrocketed after he released all the mentally ill and drug addicts from institutions to flood NYC streets. But of course, an idiot like Marrone would never know that.
Dec. 9, 2010, 12:02 pm
patronzo from park slope says:
would'a made more sense to name the tunnel after koch
Dec. 9, 2010, 1:08 pm
tony from sunset park says:
Bloomberg has a great history of naming things to make them interesting. After the old courthouse adjacent to city hall was fixed up for the Department of Education they renewed the old "Tweed Court House" moniker. Bloomberg paid hommage to the man who embezzeled millions while building the court house. Taxpayers paid twice what it cost us to buy Alaska. A furniture contractor received $179,729 ($2.5 million in today's dollars) for three tables and 40 chairs.

So instead of Carey, let's try Hitler or Benedict Arnold (to show our patriotism).
Dec. 9, 2010, 1:38 pm
Richie Conti from Carroll Gardens says:
Forgettaboutit !!!!!
Dec. 9, 2010, 5:13 pm
P.J. from South Slope says:
Keep the old names. You people are wasting our money and pissing us off. (Bring back Triboro and Interboro while you're at it.) I love progress, not stupidity.
Dec. 9, 2010, 7:12 pm
Peter from Bay Ridge says:
Gov. Carey is a fine man without naming something after him.

Now, in my mind, Gov. Carey's name will be forever associated with wastefull government!!!!
Dec. 10, 2010, 1:40 pm
peter s. from Stuyvesant Heights says:
Names of streets, bridges & tunnels should offer some clue as to where they go. Travelers want to know where they are in relation to their destination. In a large city like this naming pathways after "people" is useless to anyone unfamiliar with the area. In these difficult economic times spending millions just to make travel more confusing is criminally insane.
Dec. 13, 2010, 12:49 pm
eric from PARK SLOPE says:
Well I grew up in Park Slope where Gov. Carey lived with his family. He was a kind, intelligent man who dedicated his life to working for the people of Brooklyn. If you're a real Brooklynite you know exactly where that tunnel goes. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the area - go back to Indiana!
Dec. 13, 2010, 10:03 pm
TOM from BAY RIDGE says:
Nope. I will not refer to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel as Hugh Carey Tunnel or any of the other recently re-named structures like the Triboro, Interboro, Queensboro, etc. Nobody will call it by the new names. Its just a political thing that nobody really cares about.
Dec. 9, 2012, 11:40 am

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