Woodhaven Boulevard

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Woodhaven Boulevard
Length 4.1 mi[1] (6.6 km)
South end Cross Bay Boulevard, Rockaway Boulevard, and Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens, New York City
Major
junctions
I-495 in Rego Park, Queens, New York City
North end Queens Boulevard and 59th Avenue in Elmhurst, Queens, New York City
Map of Queens in New York City with Woodhaven Boulevard highlighted in red
Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven as seen from Woodhaven Boulevard station (J Z trains)
Woodhaven Boulevard continues to the south as Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, Queens.

Woodhaven Boulevard is a major boulevard that runs roughly north–south in the central portion of the New York City borough of Queens. South of Liberty Avenue, it is known as Cross Bay Boulevard.

Route description[edit]

The road is part of the New York City Arterial System with the unsigned reference route designation of New York State Route 908V (NY 908V),[2] but is still maintained by the New York City Department of Transportation. Beginning at the intersection with Queens Boulevard near the Queens Center shopping mall in Elmhurst, the boulevard runs generally south through the neighborhoods of Rego Park, Elmhurst, Middle Village, Glendale, Woodhaven (for which it is named), and Ozone Park.

At the intersection with Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park, the name changes to Cross Bay Boulevard, continues south through Ozone Park, Howard Beach and across Jamaica Bay via the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge through Broad Channel before finally coming to an end at Rockaway Beach after crossing the Cross Bay Bridge.

Woodhaven Boulevard is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) long. Together with Cross Bay Boulevard, which is 7 miles (11 km) long, makes it one of the longest streets in Queens, at 11 miles (18 km). Both are often very busy streets, carrying an average volume of 35,000 vehicles per day, mainly because it is the only way to get to Broad Channel and The Rockaways from Queens by car without having to go through Brooklyn or Nassau County. Like Queens Boulevard, many road safety cameras are being installed along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards.

Woodhaven Boulevard is an 8- to 10-lane boulevard throughout its entire length, stretching 195 feet (59 m) in width, making it the widest street in Queens that is not either a limited-access highway or a state route. The only street in Queens that isn't a highway to surpass it in width is Queens Boulevard (NY 25) at 225 feet (69 m).

Woodhaven Boulevard (through Glendale, Woodhaven, and Ozone Park) has up to six central lanes and four service lanes (10 bi-directional), resembling many other major thoroughfares in the New York City boroughs outside Manhattan, such as Queens Boulevard in Queens; Ocean Parkway, Linden Boulevard, Kings Highway, and Eastern Parkway in [[Brooklyn];, and Bruckner Boulevard, Pelham Parkway, and Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

Transportation[edit]

Woodhaven Boulevard is served along its entirety by the Q11 and Q21 local bus lines alongits entire length; the Q21 and Q41 also continue down Cross Bay Boulevard from Liberty Avenue to 164th Avenue in Howard Beach, via Lindenwood. The Q11 runs down Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards to Pitkin Avenue in Ozone Park, and continues through Old Howard Beach. along with the Q52 and Q53, which are limited-stop buses that only stop at certain bus stops. The Q52 and Q53 run down the entire stretch of both Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevard.

Three subway stations are located on Woodhaven Boulevard: Woodhaven Boulevard (IND Queens Boulevard Line), Woodhaven Boulevard (BMT Jamaica Line), and Rockaway Boulevard (IND Fulton Street Line). The Long Island Expressway is also accessible from Woodhaven Boulevard.

Demographics[edit]

Once heavily German and Irish, the area is now very ethnically diverse.[3] The headquarters of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee is located on Woodhaven Boulevard.[4]

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing