Monday, December 10

Three inaccurately named roads

I spent today at the Arverne worksite on the Rockaway Peninsula, the same site that I went to a week ago before finding out that I was at the wrong place.  Today I was careful to verify that I was, in fact, going to the correct location!  Mindful of all the lights I had encountered on Cross Bay Boulevard last week, I decided to take a more direct routing today: Long Island Expressway–>Cross Island Parkway –> Brookville Boulevard–>Rockaway Boulevard.  Traffic on the Expressway wasn’t bad at all, and while the Cross Island was starting to get sluggish I exited soon after encountering the worse of the delays.

Brookville Boulevard was the first of the three oddly named thoroughfares I encountered.  The word “boulevard” creates an image of a grand wide road, lined with towering trees and luxurious houses.  Part of Brookville Boulevard, however, consists of a narrow, winding two-lane road with crumbling pavement that meanders for a couple of miles through a swamp.  On a foggy morning like today it had an almost otherworldly feel.   Some “boulevard!”

Not long afterwards I drove along the Rockaway Peninsula on Rockaway Freeway.  As with “boulevard,” “freeway” creates an image, in this case of a wide California highway, along which you cruise in your convertible with the Beach Boys on the radio.  You know what I mean.  As it turns out, Rockaway “Freeway” is a two-lane city street with traffic lights every block, right in the shadow of the elevated subway structure.  It is about as un-freeway-ish as you can possibly get.

I drove for a few miles on the Nassau Expressway on my way home.  Clearly, Expressway = high speeds.  Not in this case.  While the Nassau Expressway is six lanes wide, it is full of traffic lights, and to make matters worse the lights are timed so that you have to stop at each one.  Even though traffic wasn’t very heavy it must have taken me 15 minutes to cover just a few miles.  Fortunately, traffic elsewhere wasn’t bad, and I made it home in just over 90 minutes.

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