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Overview ... I have morphed the wonderful phrase of Wash your BMW with a Q-Tip ... from Al Doyle at Town School which serves as an acronym for the 6 major bridges that come into Manhattan into a new phrase that now includes the 22 bridges that come into Manhattan.

Steve Bergen

Useful links and resources: map from nyc.com | wikipedia listing of all NYC bridges


Step by Step Analysis Below


I heard the clever phrase of Wash your BMW with a Q-Tip from Al Doyle at Town School


Wash = George Washington Bridge
B = Brooklyn Bridge ... click
M = Manhattan Bridge
W = Williamsburgh Bridge
Q = Queensborough Bridge (aka: 59th Street Bridge)
T = Triborough Bridge (leads into the Grand Central Parkway) ... picture 

Two other bridges can fit into Al's original's sentence using the word WITH ... spelling it with a 1 ("one") instead of I... W1TH 

Willis Avenue Bridge ... Wikipedia
145th Street Bridge ... Wikipedia ... picture and video from 8/3/08
Third Avenue Bridge ... Wikipedia
Hell Gate Bridge ... Wikipedia

That makes 10 so far fitting into Al's sentence: 

Wash your BMW W1TH a Q-Tip

Here are the 12 other bridges that we need to add to Al's sentence, yielding a total of 22:
  1. Alexander Hamilton Bridge ... Wikipedia
  2. Broadway Bridge ... formerly King's bridge ... Wikipedia
  3. Henry Hudson Bridge ... Wikipedia
  4. High Bridge ... Wikipedia
  5. Macombs Dam Bridge ... Wikipedia
  6. Madison Avenue Bridge ... Wikipedia ... picture ... another picture and video from 8/3/08
  7. Park Avenue Bridge ... here for park avenue bridge (trains only) ... Wikipedia
  8. Roosevelt Island Bridge ... Wikipedia
  9. Spuyten Duyvil Bridge ... Wikipedia
  10. University Heights Bridge ... Wikipedia
  11. Ward's Island Bridge ... Wikipedia ... picture ... video 7/28/08 ... built in 1915, only bridge that is "walkers only" ... vertical bridge ... 100 m or 330 feet ...note that Ward's Island and Randall's Island are now joined
  12. Washington Bridge... Wikipedia ... not the same as the George Washington bridge
Now we can re-use the word WASH to mean W = Washington Bridge, big one, the George Washington bridge A = Alexander Hamilton Bridge ... Wikipedia S = Spuyten Duyvil Bridge ... Wikipedia H = Henry Hudson Bridge ... Wikipedia That leaves 9 left

WASH your BMW W1TH a Q-Tip

  1. Broadway Bridge ... formerly King's bridge ... Wikipedia
  2. High Bridge ... Wikipedia
  3. Macombs Dam Bridge ... Wikipedia
  4. Madison Avenue Bridge ... Wikipedia ... picture ... another picture and video from 8/3/08
  5. Park Avenue Bridge ... here for park avenue bridge (trains only) ... Wikipedia
  6. Roosevelt Island Bridge ... Wikipedia
  7. University Heights Bridge ... Wikipedia
  8. Ward's Island Bridge ... Wikipedia ... picture ... video 7/28/08 ... built in 1915, only bridge that is "walkers only" ... vertical bridge ... 100 m or 330 feet ...note that Ward's Island and Randall's Island are now joined
  9. Washington Bridge... Wikipedia

Remaining letters are B H M M P R U W W

If we use another BMW, we get: 

WASH your BMW W1TH a BMW Q-Tip


and remaining 6 letters are H M P R U W 
we can find the word MURPH here and change the sentence to be 

WASH MURPH's BMW W1TH a BMW Q-Tip


and all we have left is the W
and so our final sentence can be 

Why WASH MURPH's BMW W1TH a BMW Q-Tip?

Each UPPERCASE LETTER now stands for 1 of the 22 bridges: 
  1. W = Washington Bridge ... Wikipedia
  2. W = Washington Bridge ... the big one
  3. A = Alexander Hamilton Bridge ... Wikipedia
  4. S = Spuyten Duyvil Bridge ... Wikipedia
  5. H = Henry Hudson Bridge ... Wikipedia
  6. M = Macombs Dam Bridge ... Wikipedia
  7. U = University Heights Bridge ... Wikipedia
  8. R = Roosevelt Island Bridge ... Wikipedia
  9. P = Park Avenue Bridge ... here for park avenue bridge (trains only) ... Wikipedia
  10. H = High Bridge ... Wikipedia
  11. B = Brooklyn Bridge ... click
  12. M = Manhattan Bridge
  13. W = Williamsburgh Bridge
  14. W = Willis Avenue Bridge
  15. 1 = 145th Street Bridge ... Wikipedia ... picture and video from 8/3/08
  16. T = Third Avenue Bridge
  17. H = Hell Gate Bridge ... Wikipedia
  18. B = Broadway Bridge ... formerly King's bridge ... Wikipedia
  19. Madison Avenue Bridge ... Wikipedia ... picture ... another picture and video from 8/3/08
  20. W = Ward's Island Bridge ... Wikipedia ... picture ... video 7/28/08 ... built in 1915, only bridge that is "walkers only" ... vertical bridge ... 100 m or 330 feet
  21. Q = Queensborough Bridge (aka: 59th Street Bridge)
  22. T = Triborough Bridge (leads into the Grand Central Parkway) ... picture

Any suggestions or improvements would be welcome!
Steve Bergen