Woodhaven Boulevard

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Map of Queens in New York City with Woodhaven Boulevard highlighted in red
Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven as seen from Woodhaven Boulevard J/Z Station

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),[1] 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 long. Together with Cross Bay Boulevard, which is 7 miles long, makes it one of the longest streets in Queens, at 11 miles.

Woodhaven Boulevard is an 8 to 10-lane boulevard throughout its entire length, stretching 195 feet 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.

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 by the Q11 local bus line, 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, and act like a limited stop version of both the Q11 and Q21 (Cross Bay Boulevard's main local bus). Three subway stations are located on Woodhaven Boulevard: Woodhaven Boulevard (IND), Woodhaven Boulevard (BMT), and Rockaway Boulevard (IND). The Long Island Expressway is also accessible from Woodhaven Boulevard.

Demographics[edit]

Once heavily German and Irish, the area is now very ethnically diverse.[2] The headquarters of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee is located on Woodhaven Boulevard.[3]

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References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ NYSDOT Highways in Queens County
  2. ^ Shaman, Diana (September 20, 1998). "If You're Thinking of Living In Woodhaven, Queens; Diversity in a Cohesive Community". The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  3. ^ Barry, Dan (March 7, 2001). "Secret List Sets Off St. Patrick's Parade Squabble". The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 

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