Father Capodanno Boulevard
|Length||2.60 mi (4.18 km)|
|North end||Lily Pond Avenue|
|South end||Miller Field|
Father Capodanno Boulevard, formerly called Seaside Boulevard, is primary north-south artery that runs through the Arrochar, South Beach, Ocean Breeze, Midland Beach, and New Dorp Beach neighborhoods of New York City, in the borough of Staten Island, New York. The boulevard runs parallel to the South Beach-Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk and public park.
Originally conceived of by Robert Moses as the northernmost stretches of a planned limited-access highway to be named Shore Front Drive, the road exists today as the primary boulevard for the communities and public parks of Staten Island's East Shore.
Opening as Seaside Boulevard, the boulevard's name in 1975 was changed to honor Vincent Robert Capodanno, a local Roman Catholic chaplain who was killed in combat in the Vietnam War.
The road currently consists of six vehicular lanes: four driving lanes, a parking lane with turning bays southbound and a bus lane northbound. Previously existing bicycle lanes were removed in 2010 "without any discernible public process". Northbound and southbound traffic is divided by a grassy center median.
As island traffic and congestion has increased in recent years, Father Capodanno Boulevard has also started to be used as a "short cut" to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge by residents of the islands more inland and Southern communities.
The entire boulevard suffered extensive damage and flooding during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
Major intersections include:
- Lily Pond Avenue (western end)
- Sand Lane
- Seaview Avenue
- Jefferson Avenue
- Hunter Avenue
- Midland Avenue
- Lincoln Avenue
- Greeley Avenue