Whenever I see Stony Brook alumni out on the road, they seem to obsess over one thing… the “Bridge To Nowhere.” From the official site:
A relic of the 1960s campus building boom, the notorious it was originally supposed to connect the Library with the Student Union. However, for reasons lost in the mists of time, construction was never completed and for years the raised walkway came to an abrupt and precipitous end. (Legend says contractors inverted the blueprint and built the structure wrong way round.) Eventually the Bridge was extended and rerouted across the Plaza, but it remained a rarely used eyesore. Few mourned its demolition in 2003.
Okay, maybe “obsess” is a strong word, but as much as “few mourned its demolition,” it still gets discussed — a lot. I’m glad it’s gone; it’s a nice signal to alumni that the campus is veeeery different than it was even just a few years ago.
Incredibly, I can’t find a good picture of the bridge during its heyday anywhere on the internet. I found this one, of the demolition: