Talk:Belt Parkway

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I think the West Side Highway and Henry Hudson Parkway were to be part of the Belt. --SPUI (T - C - RFC) 17:10, 13 May 2006 (UTC)

No, it wasn' least not Robert Moses' Belt System -JGCarter

Laurelton Parkway Extension[edit]

Is anybody besides me familiar with the former proposal to extend Laurelton Parkway south of Southern Parkway through Brookville Park to a section of Nassau Expressway? ---- DanTD 15:31, 9 June 2006 (EST)

Never heard of that...any sources? -JGCarter
Ah, are you talking about this? Jgcarter 22:40, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
Nope. Wrong road. This one was supposed to extend south of the curve at Conduit Boulevard and terminate at Nassau Expressway southeast of JFK Airport DanTD 04:39, 11 December 2006 (UTC)

Cross Island Parkway[edit]

Isn't the Cross Island Parkway part of the Belt System? I'm going to make minor changes to the article to reflect that. --Polaron | Talk 22:28, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Preservation of Park Area[edit]

Can anyone account for the preservation of the attractive and ample park area between Shore Road and the Belt Parkway? Growing up in Bay Ridge, I heard that some judge assured its preservation from the ravages of Moses. Jim Lacey (talk) 13:55, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Moses' record was mixed. But as Parks Commissioner, I doubt he would have objected to a greenway along a highway. The footpath and bike path are another matter, but they may have come later. For more on Moses, see Robert Caro's The Power Broker.Dave Golland (talk) 15:16, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
Yes, this was the parkway era, of building an "emerald necklace" of vegetation to serve as the "lungs of the city". Silly phrases today, but an effective part of the Moses propaganda campaign, and that's what was built, including paths for pedestrians, horses and bicycles, and restrictions against trucks and buses. Later came the expressway era where new construction was entirely about transport including heavy vehicles. Footpaths left over from the earlier era were neglected, grass being allowed to poke up through the asphalt.
And as of now, the promenade from Bay Ridge to Bath Beach represents something of a happy ending. Dave Golland (talk) 02:08, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
Roughly speaking, it is a return to the original Moses design. In past years I saw other places where Moses pedestrian paths became overgrown under later administration, for example Cross Island Parkway north of New Hyde Park, and the east side of GCP alongside upper Flushing Meadows Park. As a newly hatched shutterbug I should jump on my bike and pedal out there to illustrate our Parkway articles. But my schedule now is Piermont Thursday, northwest Flatbush Saturday, and southern Staten Island the following weekend, so eastern Queens will have to wait awhile. Hmm, might get out of the Saturday affair early enough to have sunlight for Shore Parkway. Anyway our Parkway articles in general have only very poor photos taken from cars, not bicycles which work much better. Jim.henderson (talk) 00:32, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Explanation of Belt Parkway[edit]

Can someone please explain why the Belt Parkway is called a Belt? It does NOT form a complete circle, as the Cross Island Parkway ends at the foot of the Whitestone Bridge. DarkStarHarry (talk)


There are several nice images here, but a map would be a helpful addition. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CyberdyneT850Model101 (talkcontribs) 14:35, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

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