Jackie Robinson Parkway

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Jackie Robinson Parkway marker

Jackie Robinson Parkway
Map of New York City with the Jackie Robinson Parkway highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 4.95 mi[2] (7.97 km)
Existed: 1935[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Jamaica Avenue in East New York
  I-678 in Kew Gardens
East end: Grand Central Pkwy. in Kew Gardens
Location
Counties: Kings, Queens
Highway system

The Jackie Robinson Parkway is a 4.95-mile (7.97 km) parkway in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The western terminus of the parkway is at Jamaica Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York. It runs through Highland Park, along the north side of Ridgewood Reservoir, and through Forest Park. The eastern terminus is at the Kew Gardens Interchange in Kew Gardens, Queens, where the Jackie Robinson Parkway meets the Grand Central Parkway and Interstate 678 (I-678, the Van Wyck Expressway). It is designated New York State Route 908B (NY 908B), an unsigned reference route. The parkway was officially named the Interboro Parkway until 1997, when it was renamed for former Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson.

Route description[edit]

The Jackie Robinson Parkway starts where Jamaica and Pennsylvania Avenues intersect in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York. Exit 1, Bushwick Avenue via Highland Boulevard, is a westbound-only exit. The highway enters Queens and passes Mount Judah Cemetery before exit 2 at Vermont Place and Cypress Avenue, which lead to Highland Park and the Hungarian Cemetery. Exit 3, Cypress Hills Street, leads to Cypress Cemetery, where Jackie Robinson is buried. Here the parkway narrows and makes sharp turns. At exit 4, Forest Park Drive, the parkway enters Forest Park. Exit 5 is at Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. At exit 6, Metropolitan Avenue, Union Turnpike straddles the parkway, but there is no access to or from Union Turnpike. The parkway and Union Turnpike then exit the Forest Park neighborhood, and go under Queens Boulevard (NY 25). Union Turnpike shares a diamond interchange with Queens Boulevard, but there is no access from the parkway. Exit 7, an eastbound-only exit, goes to the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) northbound (no access southbound). Exit 8 (eastbound only) is the Grand Central Parkway, where the Jackie Robinson Parkway ends.

History[edit]

Eastern junction

An extension to Jamaica Bay was proposed in the 1960s.

Part of the original parkway contract included the construction of a pair of service stations just west of exit 6 (Metropolitan Avenue) in Forest Park. The stone-faced gas stations, which were located along the eastbound and westbound lanes of the parkway, were torn down in the late 1970s.

The parkway's name was changed to honor Jackie Robinson in May 1997, as part of 50th anniversary activities marking his breaking of the baseball color line.[3] In addition to playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson was known to live and own property in the area along the parkway, and his gravesite is located in Cypress Hills Cemetery, located adjacent to Exit 3.

A juncture at the eastern end of the parkway was placed on the list of New York State's most dangerous roads in 2007, based on accident data from 2004–2006.[4]


Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Kings East New York / Cypress Hills 0.00 0.00 Jamaica Avenue / Pennsylvania Avenue / Bushwick Avenue At-grade intersection
1 Highland Boulevard Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Queens Highland Park 2 Cypress Avenue / Vermont Place – Highland Park
1.42 2.29 3 Cypress Hills Street No westbound entrance
Glendale 4 Forest Parkway
5 Myrtle Avenue / Union Turnpike No westbound exit
Forest Hills / Kew Gardens 4.02 6.47 6 Metropolitan Avenue
4.95 7.97 7 I-678 north (Van Wyck Expressway) – Whitestone Bridge Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
4.95 7.97 8 Grand Central Pkwy. – RFK Bridge, Eastern Long Island Signed as 8W (west) and 8E (east)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roleke, John. "Jackie Robinson Pkwy (Interboro Pkwy)". About. The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 29, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "2007 Traffic Data Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. July 25, 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ "New York City Department of Parks and Recreation: Jackie Robinson Parkway". Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ Montefinise, Angela (February 24, 2008). "Tragic Toll of Qns. Roadway". New York Post. 

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