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Nostrand Avenue is a major street in Brooklyn, New York, that runs north from Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay to Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg, where it continues as Lee Avenue. It occupies the position of East 30th Street in the Brooklyn street grid. It is named after one of the original Dutch families that settled in New Utrecht, Brooklyn when New York was still a Dutch Colony.
From Flushing Avenue to Farragut Road, Nostrand Avenue is a one-way two-lane street going southbound only. Between Kings Highway and Avenue X, it is a two-way street with four traffic lanes. South of Avenue X, the avenue is a very wide two-way divided road with six traffic lanes. The avenue, originally called Nostrand Lane, has been open since 1840.
Co-named Toussaint Louverture Boulevard
In 2004, the 200th anniversary year of Haiti's independence, Nostrand Avenue was co-named Toussaint Louverture Boulevard in honor of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture (1743 – 1803).
The street is serviced by the following public transportation:
- The B44 bus, which replaced a streetcar line in 1951, serves the entire avenue.
- The BM4 express bus runs on the avenue between Avenue K and Quentin Road.
- The IRT Nostrand Avenue Line, served by the 2 5 trains, runs under Nostrand Avenue from Eastern Parkway to Flatbush Avenue.
- The IRT Eastern Parkway Line has one local station (2 3 4 5 trains) on Eastern Parkway.
- The Long Island Rail Road's Atlantic Branch has one station at Atlantic Avenue.
- The IND Fulton Street Line has one express station (A C train) on Fulton Street.
- The IND Crosstown Line has one station (G train) on Lafayette Avenue.
- Benardo, Leonard (2006). Brooklyn by Name. New York and London: New York University Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-8147-9945-1.
- Haitian Times, Editorial Staff (9 April 2013). "Tonight, HABNET Celebrates Cultural Name for Nostrand Ave: ‘Toussaint Louverture Blvd’". The Haitian Times. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- Bloomberg, Michael R. (2004-04-21). "MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION RENAMING EIGHTY-THREE STREETS" (Press release). New York City: The City of New York. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
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