Rockaway Boulevard

Rockaway Boulevard is a major road in the New York City borough of Queens. Unlike the similarly named Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Rockaway Freeway, it serves mainland Queens and does not enter the Rockaways.

Rockaway Boulevard
In Springfield Gardens
Former name(s)Rockaway Road
Rockaway Plank Road
OwnerCity of New York
Maintained byNYCDOT
Length8.0 mi[1] (12.9 km)
Nearest metro stationRockaway Boulevard "A" train
West endEldert Lane in Woodhaven
I-678 in South Ozone Park
Belt Parkway / NY 27 in Springfield Gardens
NY 878 in Springfield Gardens
East endRockaway Turnpike in Lawrence

Route descriptionEdit

It begins as an undivided road at Eldert Lane, a small one-way street that runs along the border between Queens and Brooklyn. West of Atlantic Avenue, it is a two-lane road. When it crosses Atlantic Avenue, it widens to four lanes.

Rockaway Boulevard generally runs east-southeast. It crosses the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) and the Belt Parkway. Just south of the parkway, the Queens segment of the Nassau Expressway (NY 878) ends at Rockaway Boulevard, in a Y-shaped, at-grade junction. Rockaway Boulevard becomes a six-lane divided road at this point and continues southeast to the Queens-Nassau border, where it splits. One branch continues as Rockaway Turnpike (Nassau County Route 257), and the other leads to the southern part of NY 878. Rockaway Boulevard and Rockaway Turnpike were formerly known as Rockaway Road (or Rockaway Plank Road) and the Jamaica and Rockaway Turnpike. The portion of Rockaway Turnpike in Queens (a separate road towards Jamaica) is now called Sutphin Boulevard.[2][3][4][5]

Parks along Rockaway BoulevardEdit

As Rockaway Boulevard cuts diagonally through the rectangular street grid of southeastern Queens, triangular intersections that were too small to develop were designated as parks. These include Legion Triangle, Dixon Triangle, Lynch Triangle, Ruoff Triangle, Corporal Ruoff Square, Wellbrook Triangle, O'Connell Square, Catholic War Veterans Triangle, and Sergeant Colyer Square. Larger parks along the route include Playground One Forty, Baisley Pond Park, and Idlewild Park.


The Rockaway Boulevard station (A train) of the New York City Subway serves the boulevard at the intersection of Cross Bay, Rockaway, and Woodhaven Boulevards. In addition, the Q6, Q7, Q113 and Q114 run along parts of the boulevard.[6][7]


  1. ^ Google (January 14, 2017). "Rockaway Boulevard" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  2. ^ New York (State). Legislature. Senate (1920). New York Legislative Documents: One Hundred and Forty-Third Session. pp. 159–161.
  3. ^ New York (State). Legislature. Senate (1913). Documents of the Senate of the State of New York. pp. 593–603.
  4. ^ Tuttle, Arthur S. (October 27, 1922). "Street System-Territory Bounded by Van Wyck Boulevard, Foc Boulevard, 140th Street, 116th Avenue, Sutphin Boulevard (Rockaway Turnpike), and 120th Avenue. Borough of Queens-Approval of Map Showing Subdivision of Private Property (Cal. No. 118)". The City Record. 50 (9–10): 6998. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. ^ Digital Collections, The New York Public Library. "(still image) Plate 41: Bounded by Bergen Landing Road, Rockaway Plank Road, Rockaway Turnpike, Meyer Avenue, New York Avenue, Farmers Avenue, Rockaway Plank Road, (Idlewild Park)Three Mile Road and (Richmond Hill Circle) Old South Road., (1909)". The New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox, and Tilden Foundation. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Q6 bus schedule
  7. ^ Q7 bus schedule

External linksEdit

Route map:

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