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Cross Brooklyn Expressway and the Prospect Expressway


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Posted by Nate Goldman on Monday, August 5th 2019:

At the NY World's Fair in 1964, at the NY State Pavilion, there were plans to build a lower Manhattan Expressway from the West side to the East Side, (in two sections, at Midtown, and Downtown),as well as a Cross Brooklyn Expressway, which would have started at the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Bridge, bisected Brooklyn, and linked up with highways on Long Island. There was even talk about the latter road being built over the existing Long Island Railroad freight line,which runs from the piers in Brooklyn, east. However, all of the planned expressways in Manhattan and Brooklyn were met with fierce opposition from neighborhood groups, and those plans were eventually dropped. Also, at one time, there were plans to extend the Prospect Expressway across Brooklyn, to link up with the Cross Brooklyn Expressway, and the Belt Parkway. Again, those plans never got off the ground, and the Prospect Expressway ended at Ocean Parkway and the area to the north of Church Avenue. Prior to the Prospect Expressway being completed in 1957, the Culver Line used to have a long inclned section, which was not quite underground. However, that area was demolished, when the expressway was completed.

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