Belt Parkway – Brooklyn NY

Description

Originally called the “Circumferential Parkway, “this roughly 25 mile stretch of highways forms a “belt-like circle around the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.” What is now known officially as the “Belt Parkway” is comprised of three other parkways: the Shore Parkway, the Southern Parkway and the Cross Island Parkway (formerly the Laurelton Parkway). (wikipedia)

Plans for the parkway were originally raised by Robert Moses in 1930, but construction did not begin in 1934. It was completed in 1941.

In addition to $16,000,000 in city appropriations, the PWA provided another $12,000,000 in federal funds for the construction of the parkway.

Source notes

Department of Parks, 1939 Press Release (pg. 283), www.nyc.gov
Department of Parks, Press Release, December 1938
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_Island_Parkway
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belt_Parkway#History

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Location Info


Belt Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Coordinates: 40.5848093, -73.9464974

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