Belt Parkway Pedestrian Bridges – Brooklyn NY

City:
Brooklyn, New York City, NY

Site Type:
Roads, Bridges, and Tunnels, Infrastructure and Utilities

New Deal Agencies:
Works Progress Administration (WPA), Work Relief Programs

Completed:
1940

Quality of Information:
Moderate

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

In 1940, as the construction of the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn was nearing completion, two pedestrian overpasses were constructed leading from Shore Rd. over the Parkway to the waterfront promenade. The pedestrian bridges, located at 92nd St. and 81st St. are still in use. An August 1940 press release from the Department of Parks described the work:

“The approaches consist of steps, walks and ramps. The overpass opposite 92 Street has four spans over the parkway and two spans of stepped ramps parallel to the parkway leading to the wide promenade at the water’s edge…

The overpass at Old Glory Overlook, approximately opposite 81 Street, consists of three spans over the parkway and two spans of step ramps parallel to the parkway leading to the promenade…

These approaches and overpasses provide access for local residents of tile adjacent communities to the promenade and bicycle path along the waterfront. They were constructed with Belt Parkway funds.”

Since the Belt Parkway itself was constructed with significant PWA funds, some of that funding likely went to these overpasses as well.

Source notes

Department of Parks, Press Release, August 26, 1940 New York City Parks Department New Deal Projects 1934-43

Site originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on November 29, 2016.

Location Info


92nd St. and Shore Rd.
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Location notes: The other bridge described is at the following coordinates: 40.630079, -74.040699

Coordinates: 40.620568, -74.041189

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