This is the 50th anniversary of New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the span that connects Staten Island with Brooklyn. As a child growing up in Brooklyn I remember watching its towers rise as if by magic. I always connected it with the 1964 World’s Fair which took place the same year the bridge opened, thinking they were both signs of the dazzling modern world that we would all get to live in. The bridge remains as beautiful as ever, although it eventually led to a great deal of poorly planned development in Staten Island, and its rising tolls remain a source of frustration to many who need to use it. Still, like New York’s third water tunnel and the Second Avenue Subway it is a sign of New York’s willingness to invest in the future. Infrastructure in a place like New York is a matter of survival. The City’s $20 billion climate resiliency plan includes major improvements in critical pieces of the City’s infrastructure, and the need for this investment transcends politics.