Along with the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights, Arbor Place belongs to the group of parks that were created during the construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (B.Q.E.). The B.Q.E. was the brainchild of Robert Moses (1888-1981), Parks Commissioner and Chairman of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. It was built between 1946 and 1964, at a cost of $137 million.
For 40 years, Robert Moses served as the master builder of the City of New York. He played a primary role in the development of its parks, transportation, and housing. Beginning in 1924, he held the first of what eventually numbered a dozen city and state positions, many concurrently. Invested with this authority, Moses constructed 416 miles of highway, 13 bridges, 658 playgrounds, 17 miles of beach, and 11 swimming pools, as well as zoos, recreation centers, and ball fields. Under Robert Moses, the City’s park acreage more than doubled, to 34,673 acres.
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