Celtic Avenue, named
by Irish immigrants, in Sunnyside, is one of the oldest streets
Oldest Streets In Queens
Being the largest borough of New York City, as well as growing into a
metropolitan area from a combination of predominantly rural communities,
ensures that Queens has plenty of nooks and crannies that time –
and many residents, as well – has forgotten. Too bad, though; some
of them are still quite picturesque.
Once known as Old Bowery Bay Road and later Celtic Drive, Celtic Avenue
is a remnant of a much longer road that once stretched to northern Astoria.
The neighborhood was once called Celtic Park in honor of Irish immigrants.
This street is all that remains of Linnean Gardens, established in 1793
by William Prince, Jr., a third-generation English American, and named
after Carolus Linneaus, a Swiss naturalist that devised the nomenclature
used today for living species. The horseshoe-shaped street borders Prince
Street, itself named for the founder of the Gardens.
Located off 86th Road near 164th Street, Park Crescent is small enough
and old enough not to be mentioned on any newer maps. It dead-ends at
the gates of the nearby Captain Tilly Park, for which the street is
A short alley between 100th and 102nd Streets, Spruce Street appears
to have been passed over for a number when the streets in the area were
being renamed. Until the 1920s, all the streets in the area were named
Street, Forest Hills
A few miles south of Spruce Street, this is a one-block street of nicely-kept
homes between 70th Drive and 71st Avenue, just north of Union Turnpike.
That Walnut Street carries a name and not a number is not unusual in
this neighborhood. As a matter of fact, Walnut Street appears to be
the final street in an alphabetical sequence that begins in downtown
Forest Hills with Austin Street and continues with Burns, Clyde, Dartmouth,
and so on. What sets it apart from most other streets in Queens is that
its house numbers are a vestige of the Queens that existed previous
to its present, dash-using street numbering system.
Locations For Pedestrians
Some intersections in
Queens are downright terrifying to maneuver as a pedestrian. The following
are the list of the intersections with the most injuries and fatalities
caused to pedestrians.
Drive & Queens Boulevard
(1 fatality, 50 injuries)
2. Hillside Avenue & Parsons Boulevard
(1 fatality, 47 injuries)
3. Main Street & Roosevelt Avenue (1 fatality,
4. Jamaica Avenue & Parsons Boulevard
(0 fatalities, 43 injuries)
5. Archer Avenue & Sutphin Boulevard
(0 fatalities, 39 injuries)
6. 46th Street & Queens Boulevard (2 fatalities,
7. Union Street & Northern Boulevard
(1 fatality, 36 injuries)
8. 71st Avenue & Queens Boulevard
(fatality, 36 injuries)
9. Archer Avenue & Parsons Boulevard
(0 fatalities, 37 injuries)
10. Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard
(1 fatality, 33 injuries)
Source: Transportation Alternatives
study of traffic data for Queens from 1995-2001
Top Ten Busiest Subway Stops
|More than 50,000
people pass through the Flushing-Main Street station a day, making
it one of the busiest stations in New York City.
The Flushing-Main St. subway
stop is climbing the charts. On an average weekday, 53,038 people enter
this station on the 7. Flushing is now the 10th busiest subway stop
citywide, up from 14th in 1999, and it is the only station on the top
10 list outside of Manhattan.
2) 74 St. Broadway/Roosevelt Avenue on the 7.
3) Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer on the E, J, Z.
4) Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike on the F, E.
5) Forest Hills 71st Avenue on the G, R, V.
6) Jamaica-179th Street on the F.
7) Woodhaven Boulevard/Queens Mall on the G, R, V.
8) Junction Boulevard on the 7.
9) 82nd Street-Jackson Heights on the 7.
10) 90th Street – Elmhurst Avenue on the 7
Source: MTA Turnstile Registration Reports
|Northern Boulevard is the largest street in Queens
at 12 miles.
Boulevard – 12 miles Within Queens borders, almost as
long as the entire island of Manhattan. Also one of the widest streets,
with the heaviest traffic, carrying only slightly fewer cars on a daily
basis than the highways passing through the borough.
Avenue-Farmers Boulevard – 8.1 miles
Beginning at Drew Street in Ozone Park, Liberty Avenue circles south
and southeastern Queens like a belt, west to east, becoming Farmers
Boulevard in St. Albans and continuing south to terminate its 8.1-mile
run at the Nassau Expressway, at the northern edge of the JFK Airport.
– 7 miles This street runs through some of the busiest
commercial districts of the borough, including the quickly growing Forest
Avenue – 6.8 miles From Dexter Court in Woodhaven to
243rd Street in Bellerose, it becomes Jericho Turnpike and continues
into the suburbs.
Avenue-Roosevelt Avenue – 6.3-mile
This stretch crosses from Brooklyn over Newtown Creek, stretches through
Sunnyside as Greenpoint Avenue, becomes Roosevelt Avenue around 58th
Street in Woodside and continues on until merging into Northern Boulevard
Most Improved Intersections
although once boasting high accident rates, are making strides in the
safety category. Surveys from 2001 compared to the same surveys from
1995 show that the following intersections have taken the necessary
measures to make them more safe.
Avenue & Queens Boulevard
2. Jamaica Avenue & Parsons Boulevard
3. Mott Avenue & Beach Channel Drive
4. Myrtle Avenue & Seneca Avenue
5. 63rd Drive & Queens Boulevard
6. Broadway & Queens Boulevard
7. 187th Street & Hillside Avenue
8. 51st Avenue & Queens Boulevard
9. Queens Boulevard and Yellowstone Boulevard
10. Rockaway Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard
Alternatives 1995 and 2001
Common Traffic Violations
There may be some bad drivers out there, but don’t
say Queens drivers don’t know right from wrong. No one could even
remember the last time someone fled the scene after running over a child’s
pet ferret. That’s something to be proud of.
scene of accident involving domestic animal
2. Inadequate brakes while driving an employer’s
3. Operating a moped without headlight
4. Safety restraint person under 16
5. Improper lane change for bicycles
6. Parking on railroad tracks
7. Failure to stop for a school bus
8. Driving wrong direction
9. Driving more than 40 mph over speed limit
10. Following too closely
Source: New York Police Department and New York State Department
of Motor Vehicles
The Shortest Streets
From driveways to back lanes, the borough sports
some streets that are much longer on history than footage.
A quite residential street intersecting Cooper Avenue, Valentine Place’s
serene surroundings make for quite a contrast compared to the busy intersection
of Cooper Avenue and 80th Street.
Lane, Long Island City
Intersecting 27th Avenue is a relatively long driveway terminating in
a dirt road – all that remains of the Blackwells Lane.
This street might as well be a driveway. Gated off from traffic, it
dead-ends on 29th Street, northeast of Astoria Boulevard.
Road, Long Island City
Located between 29th and 30th Streets and 37th and 38th Avenues, Old
Ridge Road is the last piece of the original road of LIC. It is a humble
driveway now, but it carries with it more than 200 years of history.
A nearly forgotten dirt road, Claremont Terrace is a dead end on Dongan
Avenue, just off Broadway. Although historical data is shaky on this,
it may have led to the old Long Island Railroad station (not the present-day
LIRR) that was located on Broadway.
Bus stops in Queens
When the founding fathers of this nation mentioned
the right of citizens to assemble peacefully for the purpose of voicing
their grievances, they certainly could not imagine that some of the
Queens bus stops will become such places.
Airport, Delta Terminal
Serving the busy Flushing community and even busier LaGuardia Airport.
It also passes through Corona and stops to pick up passengers at Shea
Stadium. Enough said.
(Q10 and Q3 lines)
Even with the introduction of the AirTrain service last year, JFK’s
bus lines are still among the busiest starting-off points in the borough.
& 40th Street
(Q32 & Q60 lines)
Located right where the industrial districts of Long Island City, West
Maspeth, Hunters Point and Newtown Creek overlap, this area sees tremendous
levels of foot traffic. The presence of the No. 7 subway line creates
a situation where dozens of commuters spill from the train and onto
the sidewalk to wait for the bus every seven minutes or so.
Considering the state of the Mets, the overcrowding problem eased up
somewhat lately, but thousands of often-disgruntled fans still take
the bus home after each game.
and Parsons Boulevard
On weekdays, especially during rush hour, the Q46 bus often reaches
its passenger capacity around Utopia Pkwy, at which point many drivers
decide to skip the subsequent stops until someone asks to be let off.
Source: Transportation Alternatives study of traffic data for Queens
Safest Areas For Pedestrians
And then there are the areas where people can
recklessly stumble into the street at the height of rush hour and have
almost no fear of the oncoming traffic. The following neighborhoods
had very few pedestrian injuries in 2001.
(0 fatalities, 3 injuries)
2. Little Neck
(0 fatalities, 32 injuries)
3. Bay Terrace
(2 fatalities, 41 injuries)
4. Rockaway Beach
(0 fatalities, 61 injuries)
5. Northern Little Neck
(1 fatality, 81 injuries)
6. Fresh Meadows-Utopia
(3 fatalities, 79 injuries)
(2 fatalities, 81 injuries)
8. Howard Beach
(4 fatalities, 92 injuries)
Alternatives study of traffic data for Queens from 1995-2001