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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and John Paul Jones Park
- Photo via Bridge and Tunnel Club
Technically not the bridge itself—it didn't exist yet!—but the oft-mocked Verrazano does almost exactly mark the spot on the Verrazano Narrows
where 15,000 British soldiers crossed over from Staten Island (from the area where Fort Wadsworth now stands) in August of 1776, forcing the 200 American soldiers on the other side into a fairly immediate retreat. On the Brooklyn side, John Paul Jones Park (or Cannonball Park, as it's known to most people) marks the exact spot of the landing, and features the above monument, which technically commemorates a separate conflict but is appropriately majestic nonetheless.