The Roosevelt Avenue Bridge is a continuation of Roosevelt Avenue from Corona into Flushing, crossing Flushing Creek. Roosevelt Avenue starts in mid Queens at Queens Blvd and 48th Street and runs west to east through Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Corona and into Flushing, ending at Northern Blvd and 156th Street.
The only other time I had walked across this bridge was in 1972. There was no shopping center at the end of the bridge. There were several more auto junk yards. And of course, Shea Stadium was only in its 8th season. I had taken the Q 48 bus to Flushing to get the Sunday New York Times. I decided to walk home and stopped at the stadium to watch some of the game from the walkway from the #7 subway. I could see really dark storm clouds coming towards the stadium from the west, so I hurried home, about another mile and a half, getting home just as the rains were beginning!
I started this walk, by parking in the lot of the shopping center that is right at the foot of the bridge. I ate lunch there and then walked across the north walkway towards Corona.
Roosevelt Avenue Bridge Walkway
As well as crossing Flushing Creek, Roosevelt Avenue Bridge also crosses over the Van Wyck Expressway.
Van Wyck Expressway and Flushing Creek
From the bridge you can see Citi Field in the distance.
Citi Field in the distance
The Elevated subway Number 7 line runs above Roosevelt Avenue, continues above the bridge and then returns underground as it enters downtown Flushing. The 7 train stops at Citi Field and the Long Island Railroad. The next and last stop is Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
As you exit the bridge at 126th Street, there are several junk yards and used auto parts businesses north of Roosevelt Ave. The area, to put it lightly, is an eyesore. The structures are very old and the streets are severely rutted.
Used auto parts shops
Several of these establishments were demolished along 126th Street to make way for the building of Citi Field. Citi Field was built behind the old Shea Stadium so there was no interruption in the Mets home schedule.
Citi Field and auto shops along 126th Street
From 126th Street to the Grand Central parkway, is Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
Citi Field and the New York Mets home Run Apple
The number 7 subway station is just beyond the Home Run Apple. From there, there is a ramp that leads into the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the 1939 and 1964-65 Worlds Fairs.
The Unisphere, donated to the 1964-65 World’s Fair by US Steel is an easily recognizable landmark.
Unisphere donated to the 1964-65 World’s Fair by US Steel
At the base of the ramp is the Flushing Meadows Tennis Center with the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Tennis US Open is held here every year at the end of August into September. During the US Open, air traffic from nearby LaGuardia airport is redirected to eliminate jet noise during the matches.
Below to the west is the MTA train yard
and to the east is the MTA bus maintenance facility.
These make up the MTA Regional Casey Stengel Bus Depot and Subway Yard
The entrance to this yard is just at the foot of the bridge. I returned to my car and drove around Downtown Flushing. I grew up not too far from then Shea Stadium and often shopped in the Downtown Flushing area. The area now is a strong Asian community; mostly Chinese and Korean. Hotels and apartment buildings were built on some of the side streets. I have heard of the area being referred to as Little Seoul.
Roosevelt Avenue Bridge:
Type: Double-Leaf Bascule (no longer operational)
Spans: Flushing Creek
Connects: Corona to flushing
Carries: 4 Vehicular lanes, 2 sidewalks, IRT #7 Subway
Opened: May 14, 1927