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Hoboken's Phantom Bridge

Today, one backyard along 12th Street in Hoboken is five feet wider than it was two years ago. Because that's when Hoboken's "Phantom Bridge" mysteriously disappeared, thanks to rising property taxes and the need for "a little more space."

Once located in the backyard of 1200 Garden Street, was a massive eight-foot-tall block of concrete. Cut into its side was the inscription: "Foundation Laid-North River Bridge Co.-1895." It was to be the 57th St. Bridge, linking Hoboken and Manhattan, and one of the grandest projects in the history of American engineering.