In 1955, plans were released for the construction of the Clearview Expressway. The highway would take traffic from the soon-to-be-built Throgs Neck Bridge to the Long Island Expressway, linking the Bronx and New England to Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island. After years of controversy, the route of the Clearview ultimately sliced through Bayside, displacing 421 homes along its path — dozens of them in Bellcourt. Please join us on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 11 am for a fascinating walking tour of Bellcourt's great divide. We will be discussing the history of the plan, community opposition, Robert Moses' involvement, and historical details of the actual process.
Photo: A home being prepared for relocation to make way for the Clearview. Some homes were razed; others were picked up and moved to other locations.
RESCHEDULED FROM ORIGINAL DATE OF APRIL 29 DUE TO RAIN IN THE FORECAST
Meet at the 39th Avenue overpass of the Clearview Expressway at 11 am on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The tour is free to members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. If you'd like to join that day, membership forms will be available, and your $5 donation will be applied to the cost of your membership. Or join now to attend free!
The tour, led by Paul Graziano, started at the historic Cobblestone House on Bell Blvd and 36th Avenue