Mosholu Parkway

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Mosholu Parkway marker

Mosholu Parkway
Map of the Bronx with Mosholu Parkway highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 3.03 mi[1] (4.88 km)
Major junctions
South end: Bronx Park East in Bronx Park
  Bronx River Pkwy. in Bronx Park
I-87 in Van Cortlandt Park
North end: Henry Hudson Pkwy. in Van Cortlandt Park
Location
Counties: Bronx
Highway system

The Mosholu Parkway is a hybrid freeway-standard parkway and grade-level roadway in the New York City borough of the Bronx, constructed from 1935 to 1937 as part of the roadway network created under Robert Moses. The roadway extends for 3.0 miles (4.8 km) between the New York Botanical Garden (where its southeast end meets the Bronx River Parkway) and Van Cortlandt Park (where its northwest end meets the Henry Hudson Parkway). The New York City Department of Transportation is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the roadway while the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for the surrounding rights-of-way. The parkway is designated as New York State Route 908F (NY 908F), an unsigned reference route, by the New York State Department of Transportation.

Route description[edit]

Mosholu Parkway, seen from the Mosholu Parkway station on the number 4 train.

The Mosholu Parkway begins at exit 8E of the Bronx River Parkway. It heads northward as an arterial boulevard through the northern parts of the Bronx. The highway crosses through Bedford Park, passing Bainbridge Avenue. It intersects with the Grand Concourse afterwards, with Jerome Avenue, Sedgwick Avenue and West Gun Hill Road soon after. Within Van Cortlandt Park, the parkway becomes a limited-access freeway, with exits for the southbound Major Deegan Expressway (Interstate 87) the Henry Hudson Parkway near its northern terminus at the Westchester County line (where it turns into the Saw Mill River Parkway).[2]

A bikeway runs along the northeast side of the parkway from Bronx Park to Van Cortlandt Park, connecting through the park to another bikeway on the former New York and Putnam Railroad line.[2]

History[edit]

"Mosholu" is an Algonquin Indian word meaning "smooth stones" or "small stones", and was first applied to the nearby creek now known as Tibbett's Brook. The southern end of the parkway was once home to another creek, running under what is now Middlebrook Road, which supplied water to a British fort located on old Van Cortlandt Avenue East during the Revolutionary War.[3]

In the movie The Godfather Part II, the young Vito Corleone arrives in America aboard a sailing ship named the Moshulu.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Bronx County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Bronx Park 0.00 0.00 Bronx Park East
0.20 0.32 Bronx River Pkwy. Exit 8 (Bronx River Parkway)
0.53 0.85 Southern Boulevard Formerly Dr. Theodore Kazimiroff Boulevard[4]
Bedford Park 1.38 2.22 Grand Concourse
Van Cortlandt Park 2.13 3.43 I-87 (Major Deegan Expressway) Exit 12 (Major Deegan Expressway)
3.03 4.88 Henry Hudson Pkwy. Exit 24 (Henry Hudson Parkway)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Media related to Mosholu Parkway at Wikimedia Commons