College Point Boulevard Development – Flushing NY

Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) contributed to the development of what is now College Point Boulevard, prior to the advent of the 1939 World’s Fair. Then called Lawrence Street, WPA efforts involved “the widening and paving of [this] important approach to Whitestone Bridge.”

The New York Times: “The Lawrence Street improvement, which will employ fifty men for the next two months, will create a street eighty feet wide from building line to building line between Northern Boulevard and Thirty-second Avenue, where Lawrence Street joins Willetts Point Boulevard at the north end of the West Bridge,” since redeveloped as the Whitestone Expressway, “now being built across Flushing River. The estimated cost of the improvement is $46,539, of which the city will contribute $17,857 for materials and equipment.”

Source notes

The New York Times: "Queens Bridge Approach Dooms 4 Historic Elms," October 26, 1938 (pg. 20).

http://www.qchron.com/qboro/i_have_often_walked/when-lawrence-st-was-longer/article_d87e2f22-bb06-5ec8-b859-6ec1e707a31e.html (accessed Mar. 2018)

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 27, 2018.

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Location Info


College Point Blvd.
Flushing, NY

Coordinates: 40.764414, -73.836586

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