"We’re going to choreograph all the bridges," Cuomo said.
"You’re going to see it choreographed with the George Washington, with the Verrazano, with the Throgs Neck with the Whitestone and you’re going to see all these magnificent structures all through the harbor, all illuminated, all choreographed.
I believe it’s going to be an international tourism destination, like we have never seen before.
I think it’s going to bring even more tourists to New York and give people more of a reason to come visit us." The MTA is spending $500 million on Cuomo's initiative to illuminate the bridges and implement automatic, cashless tolling at NY bridges and tunnels.
In announcing the plan last October, Cuomo said the Bay Bridge lighting in San Francisco contributed to $100 million in economic activity, and other cities around the world have also joined the fancy bridge lighting trend, with mixed reactions.