David Meltzer's blog

Why We Ride - Queens Edition

When I first started cycling seriously, Queens scared me.  It was vast, sprawling, and its street system made no sense.  Clearly, the cartographers and city planners were smoking something when they came up with this nonsense.   Like Manhattan, the streets are mostly numbered.  Unlike Manhattan, the numbers appear to be randomly assigned.  You are riding down Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria and cross 70th Street.  The next street you get to is 49th Street.  Where did the missing streets go?