Queens BoulevardSecondary Roads
Boulevard of Death
Queens Boulevard is the
main secondary route connecting Jamaica, Queens with the Queensborough
Bridge (aka Queensboro) to Manhattan, or as those living outside
Manhattan often call it, the City.
A super-secondary highway over
10 lanes wide, with three divider medians for much of its stretch, Queens
Boulevard has earned an unwelcome and infamous reputation as a human bowling
alley. Along with the bad rap came infamous nicknames such as The Boulevard
of Death and The Boulevard of Broken Bones. The bad publicity kicked up
considerably since the 1990's, but in truth, pedestrians have been at war
with the traffic here going all the way back to its widening in the 1930's.
Queens Boulevard cuts its
swath through the hearts of numerous central Queens neighborhoods, including
Sunnyside, Woodside, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens,
Briarwood and finally, Jamaica.