Daily News from New York, New York on April 30, 1939 · 43
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Daily News from New York, New York · 43

New York, New York
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Sunday, April 30, 1939
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?5 3 Capiwes INLY. For 17 avs By GEORGE DIXON A new slogan, "Join the Navy and See the World of Tomorrow," should have been plastered around this suddenly gob-conscious town yesterday. For the Atlantic " -XW 2Tzz Gnirc&Btt MIMMoDm ( Folo (Hken from NEWS plane by Cmiidido: Wie. pilot ) An unusual airview of the outward-bound liner Aquitania as it passed the aircraft carrier Ranger heading up Hudson River yesterday, with fleet for World's Fair. Squadron of the United States Fleet twenty-seven fighting ships moved in and took over New York harbor for a seven teen-day World's Fair visit. By GERALD DUNCAN. It's going to happen today the opening, at long last, of Grover Whalen's New York World's Fair before an expected attendance of 1,000,000. The time is 11 A. M., and all day yesterday 50,000 of Whalen's busy bees sawed and cemented and scrubbed and swept and plastered and polished, getting the big-time exposition in shape. They whistled while they worked, with not a grumpy dwarf amonir all I.Vt loli.l Amid the late minute hustle and bustle yesterday for the opening of World's Fair today, these girls got last-minute instructions on collecting admissions of expected crowd of 1.000,000. the painters and porters and gardeners and guides and window-washers and well-wishers who whirled into action for a splash opening in Flushing Meadows with an address by President Roosevelt. lie iu n ii ao in lauvj dress of orange-and-gold bunting for the occasion. The police were on double duty. The fleet was in. The vanguard of visitors was arriving by plane and train and bus and Beginning with the dawn, which was as gray as their steel sides, the array of battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers, started creeping in. By 9 o'clock all were at their berths in the Hudson from the Battery to 131st St., and the first batches of sailors were getting ready to go ashore. 38 Ships to Be Here. The new arrivals swelled to thirty-four the number of warships thnt will be available to public in- Rear Admiral Johnson Welcomed by Mayor LaCuardia. spection from today until the fleet sails away again, Slay 17. Before the visit ends, four other ships will put in, bringing the total to thirty-eight. It was the largest Navy display in these parts since the entire fleet anchored in the Hudson in June, 1934. In addition to the full Atlantic Squadron, the battleship Tennessee of the Pacific Squadron was on hand. The ships carried 12,000 officers and men, all of whom will be given every possible minute of leave to see the Fair and enjoy the other (Continued on page 5, eoL S) Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Is Opened The $18,000,000 Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, latest link in the belt parkway system connecting New York's boroughs, was opened to traffic at 1 P. M. yesterday after a parade and dedication ceremonies attended by city officials. T f-i i-ii tltnn K OAft o 1 1 tin 1 ml uvnr? ' cises at Bronx Plaza and heard Mayor LaGuardia remark that "this is just another opening and, as soon as we leave here. Park Commissioner Moses and I will start planning the next big project." Attacks Politicians. The Mayor then launched into an attack on politicians who criticized him for "spending money for the future." "I'd rather spend the taxpayers' money for playgrounds, parks and schools for tomorrow than pay the salaries for these needless, lazy and fat politicians of today," he declared. The new span, running from Old Ferry Point, Bronx, to Whitestone, Queens, is expected to be of great convenience to Bronx, Westchester and New England motorists going to the World's Fair. Ceremonies were held at the Queens end of the bridge after the arrival from the Bronx of a motorcade of one hundred cars filled with city officials. Earlier in the day, 2,000 persons, including delegations from patriotic organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and units of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, paraded through Whitestone streets. List of Speakers. Speakers at the dedication in cluded Moses, Bronx Borough President James J. Lyons, Queens Borough President George U. Harvey, Controller Joseph D. McGold-rick, City Council President New- bold Moms and Grover W halen. The bridge was finished two months ahead of schedule because Moses promised that it would be - f f private car to look upon the world-trumpeted spectacle in this 1,216-acre patch of filled-in marshland called the World of Tomorrow. It was not exactly finished, but enough was completed to assure weak knees for even the most tireless of the first days visitors. Large plots of the amusement area were barren or were skeletons of wood and steel. Many of these were boarded off, pending completion in time for the Summer rush of excursionists. But most of the main buildings were presentable and. anyway, no international ex position ever has been 100 per cent, in shape when the gates were opened. 30.000 to Hear F. I. R. Plans were set for the ceremonies, rain or shine. But the weatherman was on the side of Maestro Whalen and his gardenia. Only an occasional gray cloud and temperature in the lower COs were promised. The outstanding event, of course, was the official opening by President Roosevelt, who will speak in the Court of Peace before 30,000 about 2:30 P. M. Long before that hour, to prevent any delay to the thousands anxious to tell their grandchildren about the first day at the New York fair in 1939. the gates will be manned by 1.800 trained ticket-takers. All transit lines were prepared for a crush. The World's Fair Railroad, surface spur of the Inde- F.D.R.s Fair Speech on Air President Roosevelt's address at the official opening of . the New York World's Fair will be heard over local radio station between 2 and 3 P. M. on Sunday. WEAF, WABC, WOi:. WMCA, WHN, WNYC, WQXR. WHOM and WOV will begin picking up the ceremonies at the former hour, with WJZ and WLTH joining them at -J:T',n. r , mill I pendent subway system, will start its first train from Forest Hills at 10:50 A. M. The I. R. T. will operate its first express from Tirnei Square to the World's Fair Station at 9:02 A. M. The B.-M. T. s first express will leave Queens Plaza at 9:19 A. M. A!I times dayliirht saving, of course). The Img fslji! I Railroad will be ready to deposit its first trainload lfore 11 A. M. All Lines Jammed. Rail and air travel into New Yoik forced transportation systems to add extra equipment. The New York Central Railroad ojM-iaU-d between thirty-five and forty trains from Chicago to handle the ciow-N and cut an hour and a half otT some of its St. Louis schedules. United Airlines was booked solii (Continued oi .7. . ) 'Mayor LaGuardia as he spoke at opening of new Bronx-Whitestone Bridge yesterday. ready for vehicular traffic when the World's Fair opened. The span, to be run by the Tri-boro Bridge Authority, will charge the same tolls as the Triboro. They are: Passenger automobiles, taxicabs, ambulances, hearses and horse-drawn vehicles, 25 cents; two-axle trucks, capacity two tons or under, 25 cents; trucks, two to five tons, 35 cents; buses, 50 cents; three-axle trucks, tractors or cars with semi-trailers, 60 cents; four-axle trucks, tractors or cars with trailers, 75 cents; motorcycles, 15 cents, and bicycles, 10 cents. Today at the Fair 11 A.M. Gates open to the public. 11:45 A.M. Carillon symphony of bells. 12 noon Temple of Religion dedication. 12:30 P. M. Arrival of President Roosevelt. 12:45 P. M. Parade of 20,000 marchers from Ik-licliiie in the Theme Center to the Court of Peace. 2:30 to.3 :30 P.M. Speech by President Roosevelt and official opening ceremonies. 4:30 P.M. Dedication of George Washington statue. 5 P. M. Dedication of Four Freedoms statues. 9 P. M. Official lighting of the Fair. 9:30 P.M. Concert by New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. 10 P. M. Parade by 7,000 entertainers in Play Zone. 10:30 P.M. -Free entertainment in Play Zone. 11:15 P.M. Fireworks and fountain displav. 11:30 P. M. Street dancing in Play Zone. 2 A. M. Good-night fountain display. -Z3 a 73 -3 ?3 13

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