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Petition to return the name of that new bridge from Mario Cuomo to Tappan Zee

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by lawren2, Nov 14, 2017 at 10:13 AM.

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    I have a pet peeve. Gratuitous name changes of various bridges, tunnels, etc

    Last summer in a late night session current NY governor Andrew Cuomo decided the rebuilt Tappan Zee bridge should be named for his father. Mario Cuomo.

    There is a petition to take back our historically named Tappan Zee. So named for the Tappan Indians and the dutch settlers in the Westchester and Rockland N Y counties.

    Please take the time to sign and share: https://www.change.org/p/the-ny-stat...ians-and-dutch
     
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    I did. And I agree about naming things after politicians of any stripe.
    I've only crossed it 5x in my life, and it'll be the Tappan Zee, regardless.

    In Alaska, they properly changed Mount McKinley to Denali (as it was known locally).

    In Florida, they properly changed Cape Kennedy (1963-1973) back to Cape Canaveral
    ...the third oldest surviving European place name in the US.

    Many don't know that the Florida Turnpike was renamed the Ronald Reagan Turnpike.
    The Turnpike Authority only put up a few little signs at the ends.
    Sorry, it is, and always will be, the Florida Turnpike (a/k/a Main Street, Florida).

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    Ok Talent, I 'll bite,

    What are the other two surviving European Place Names?

    Thanks.

    Richard
     
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    I have signed it already. It has been circulating on Facebook. It will always be the Tappan Zee Bridge to me.
     
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    Where in Rockland do you live? I am originally from Clarkstown. (born in the Bronx in 1956 but moved there when I was 3 years old)
     
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    I am a Queens transplant and have lived in Clarkstown for about 22 years.
     
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    I live in PA but do some work in the Hudson Valley. I’ll say I saw this coming. I don’t have strong feelings either way.
     
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    Yep, I have the same pet peeve. Here on the left coast, my beef is with renaming San Jose airport (SJC) into Mineta San José (notice the fancy pants diacritical mark over the e). Now, I have no beef with Norman Mineta; I'm sure he was a fine Transportation Secretary. But I'm sorry, SJC is and always will be San Jose.
     
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    I do not like that the Queen Charlotte Islands name was changed a few years ago.
     
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    I disliked it when they renamed the Santa Ana/Orange Country airport John Wayne Airport. Also my dh's family weren't thrilled when National Airport in D.C. was renamed Reagan.
     
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    The citation for that comment is in the Wikipedia article as Note 1:

    Florida was named earlier, April 2, 1513, by Ponce de Leon, whose men also named Las Tortugas, now Dry Tortugas. From the account by Spanish historian Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, published in 1601.[7]

    Footnote "7" refers to this source:
    Stewart, George (1945). Names on the Land: An Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States. New York: Random House. pp. 11–13.

    So, it seems the author claims that the oldest European place-names were from the Spanish for (1) Florida, (2) Las Tortugas, and (3) Cape Canaveral. Not having read the Stewart source material, I cannot say if that is correct.

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