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At the city line, where the street had two names

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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 pm

State Route 25 bears many names. In Queens, from west to east, it is called Queens Boulevard, Hillside Avenue and Braddock Avenue before merging with Jamaica Avenue, its easternmost name in the borough. In Nassau and western Suffolk counties, it’s Jericho Turnpike. Further east, the name changes again, and the road runs all the way to Orient Point.

At the city line, where Belle-rose meets Nassau’s Floral Park, it used to be called Jamaica Avenue on the northern, or Queens side, and Jericho Turnpike on the southern, or Nassau side. That caused problems, and in June 2005 Mayor Bloomberg signed a bill making it simply Jericho Turnpike in that area.

A Long Island Rail Road trestle used to run across Route 25 near Little Neck Parkway, with tracks going to the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center from Floral Park. That was torn down in the mid-1970s.

Barely visible in the background on the right of the photo is a Buick-Pontiac dealership that is now the site of a USA Gas Station. A Sinclair HC Gas Station on the same side is now home to a Jiffy Lube. The hump on the left is the start of Little Neck Parkway, which was never leveled by the city. Where the Stewart Manor Real Estate Sales sign stands in front of the trestle is today a used van and truck dealership.

Two blocks to the east, or two steps to the south, and you’re in Nassau County.

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