Happy 80th Birthday, George Washington Bridge!

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On October 24th, 1931, you were dedicated as the "Hudson River Bridge." Soon after, you were renamed, and now everyone calls you George. As the world's busiest bridge, we know you have a lot on your plate today. We just want to quickly say, "Happy Birthday," and let you know how appreciated you are. (And, because it's your birthday, we won't bring up the fact that half of you lives in Jersey).

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Bridge & Tunnel's Brianna DeBartoli on Why Male Fidelity Isn't Possible: "The Little Head Tells the Big Head What To Do"

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Chad Griffith
Gabby and Bri
As this week's cover story explains in arduous detail, sisters Brianna and Gabriella DeBartoli were effectively the original JWoww and Snooki, two Staten Island siblings involved with the Jersey Shore precursor Bridge & Tunnel. For reasons unknown, MTV execs let Jersey Shore swallow Staten Island whole, shelving the prototype a month before the show was supposed to air, and without explanation, leaving the girls and eight other primary cast members in the lurch. Why they did this remains a mystery, especially since these girls are infinitely quotable.

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MTV's Bridge & Tunnel: Behold The Tremendously Entertaining Trailer for the Original Jersey Shore

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Bridge & Tunnel's star sisters: Brianna and Gabriella DeBartoli

In this week's Village Voice cover story, we introduce you to Gabriella and Brianna DeBartoli, the would-be Staten Island stars of Bridge & Tunnel, a 12-episode reality show that MTV spent millions shooting, but inexplicably shelved at the eleventh hour. After B&T survived three years in development, the only extant clip is the show's super-trailer, a deliberately sensational last-ditch attempt to distract executive attention away from the cuca-flashing phenomenon Jersey Shore. The video didn't rescue Bridge & Tunnel from broadcast oblivion, but it did present a far more entertaining version of young outer-borough living than, say, Lifetime's Brighton Beach version of Jersey Shore, Russian Dolls.

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