NYC Resources311Office of the Mayor

Big Bush Playground

Laurel Hill Blvd. bet. 61 St. and 64 St.


Directions via Google Maps

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Bush Park is bounded by 61st and 64th Streets, Queens Boulevard, and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. In 1936, Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (1882-1947, mayor 1934-1945) designated this land as parkland; however, construction on the future Brooklyn-Queens Expressway interrupted LaGuardia’s plans. In December 1936, the Regional Plan Association recommended the construction of a link between the Gowanus Parkway and the Triborough Bridge. What was then called the Brooklyn-Queens Connecting Highway was to be financed equally by federal, state and city funds. The construction of the Kosciuszko Bridge over Newtown Creek in 1939 was the first piece of what would later become the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, commonly referred to as the BQE. The route of today’s BQE was planned by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses (1888-1981, commissioner 1934-1960) in late 1945. In October 1958, the BQE was designated Interstate 278, making it eligible for Federal funding to help with and with the…

Read More

Directions to Big Bush Playground

  • Big Bush Park
  • Big Bush Park
  • Big Bush Park


Was this information helpful?