Barton Silverman’s close call with the Verrazano

Runners at the start of the 1997 New York City Marathon as they ran across the bridge from the Staten Island side, where fog engulfed the Staten Island tower.

Barton Silverman, a New York Times sports photographer, recalled an exciting moment near the start of his illustrious career, as a 19-year-old in Brooklyn witnessing construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1962.

“I started pulling on the rope and my foot slipped,” Silverman told the Times’ Lens blog. “Half my body was off the bridge. I had this huge camera bag pulling me down. I didn’t know if I should drop the bag into the water or save myself. Six construction workers came to help.”

Shaken but unharmed, Silverman made it off the bridge — which turns 50 this year — and on to a photojournalism career spanning four decades.

The catwalk running all the way up the Brooklyn side of the tower.

via Falling for the Photo in Staten Island.