Astoria Boulevard

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Astoria Boulevard
Astoria Boulevard North
Astoria Boulevard South
Looking west along Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst
Looking west along Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst
NamesakeJohn Jacob Astor
OwnerCity of New York
Maintained byNYCDOT
Length4.4 mi[1] (7.1 km)
LocationQueens, New York City
Nearest metro stationAstoria Boulevard "N" train"W" train
West end1st Street in Astoria
Major
junctions
I-278 / Grand Central Parkway in Astoria
East end NY 25A / Grand Central Parkway in East Elmhurst

Astoria Boulevard is an important east-west commercial street in Astoria and East Elmhurst, Queens, New York City. It runs from 1st Street at the East River to the World's Fair Marina on Flushing Bay, where it merges with Northern Boulevard. Just before the junction of the two boulevards, there is a large two lane ramp leading to the Whitestone Expressway. Most of the traffic on Astoria Boulevard heads toward this ramp, and then onto the Expressway.

Astoria Boulevard is the southern border of Astoria Heights, and the northern border of North Corona.

Description[edit]

In East Elmhurst, Astoria Boulevard is a wide six lane, median divided street. However, traffic is usually light on the boulevard, presumably because the boulevard runs parallel to the busier Northern Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway. During rush hours, though, this road becomes a major artery, serving as an alternate route to the Grand Central Parkway to access the Whitestone Expressway, and as a result, it frequently becomes congested. The efficient synchronization of the traffic lights minimize heavy delays, making this a popular alternate route to take instead of the Grand Central. The portion of Astoria Boulevard between roughly 31st and 78th Streets in Astoria serves as a frontage road, or service road for the Grand Central Parkway.

Between First and 31st Streets, it is a busy two lane road, with bidirectional traffic. Here most of the traffic is bound for either the Whitestone Expressway or the Grand Central Parkway.

Astoria Boulevard is served by the New York City Subway's BMT Astoria Line at the Astoria Boulevard station (N and ​W trains), as well as the Q19, Q49 and M60 SBS bus routes.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

The road that was to become Astoria Boulevard was authorized to be laid out in 1835, and was to run from the head of Flushing Bay on the Flushing and Newtown Turnpike to Hallett's Cove, in what is now Astoria.[5] The Astoria and Flushing Turnpike Company was then chartered in 1840 to toll the road, with a small extension. It was still known by this name at least to 1909.[6] However, it was more commonly known as Flushing Avenue up to the 1920s, when it was renamed Astoria Boulevard.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google (January 9, 2017). "Astoria Boulevard" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  2. ^ MTA Regional Bus Operations. "Q19 bus schedule" (PDF).
  3. ^ MTA Regional Bus Operations. "Q49 bus schedule" (PDF).
  4. ^ MTA Regional Bus Operations. "M60 bus schedule" (PDF).
  5. ^ York (State), New (1835). Laws of the State of New York. p. 198.
  6. ^ "Plate 17: Bounded by Bowery Bay Road, Shore Road, N. Beach Avenue, Maple Avenue, Old Bowery Road (Flushing Bay), Junction Avenue, Jackson Avenue, Trains Meadow Road and (St. Michaels Cemetery) Astoria and Flushing Turnpike". NYPL Digital Collections. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  7. ^ Walsh, Kevin (2017-08-31). "ASTORIA 1852". Forgotten New York. Retrieved 2020-10-30.

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