Pennsylvania Avenue (Brooklyn)

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Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York

Pennsylvania Avenue is a major street in Brooklyn, New York. It generally runs north to south, from the Jackie Robinson Parkway in Broadway Triangle to the Belt Parkway in Starrett City. The IRT New Lots Line (2 3 4 5 trains) has a station at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Livonia Avenue. The IND Fulton Street Line (A C trains) has a stop at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Liberty Avenues.

From the Linden Boulevard intersection to the Belt Parkway junction, Pennsylvania Avenue has a total of six lanes in each direction, with a concrete median.

Pennsylvania Avenue is also known as Granville Payne Avenue, named after a jazz musician and community activist.[1]

Exit 14 on the Belt Parkway is the southern terminus of Pennsylvania Avenue.

In 2000, construction took place nearby Pennsylvania Avenue, across the Hendrix Creek in East New York to build a $192 million shopping complex, situated on the Belt Parkway. The shopping complex, known as the Gateway Center, was built on a 230-acre (0.93 km2) Brooklyn landfill. Anchor tenants of the 640,000-square-foot (59,000 m2) mall include Target, Home Depot, BJ's Wholesale Club, Marshalls and Bed Bath & Beyond. Restaurants, including Red Lobster and Olive Garden, are also part of the Gateway Center. Construction of Gateway Estates, a low income housing subdivision nearby, took place after the shopping mall opened in 2002. Due to the mall's location near roads with high traffic volume, including Pennsylvania Avenue, Erskine Street, Flatlands Avenue, and the Belt Parkway, local developers said it will attract shoppers from areas outside of Brooklyn, including Queens and Long Island. This development has been a significant project for economic resurrection and has created many jobs for people in the neighborhood of East New York.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Some selected Brooklyn Street & Place Name Origins...". Brooklyn.com. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Nichole M. Christian (November 15, 2000). "East New York Senses Promise In a New Mall". The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2011.