Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Drive

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Signed as FDR Drive on trailblazers, Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive runs along the west banks of the East River from NY 9A (West Street) and the end of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (Interstate 478) in Lower Manhattan to the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Bridge in East Harlem. The limited access highway stretches 9.70 miles northward to East Village, Sutton Place and the Upper East Side. The north end of the expressway transitions to Harlem River Drive to Harlem and Upper Manhattan. The RFK Bridge connects FDR Drive with Randalls Island and I-278.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) inventories FDR Drive as Route 907L and Harlem Drive Drive as Route 907P.

FDR Drive - North


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The E 63rd Street Pedestrian Bridge spans FDR Drive north to John Finley Walk.
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FDR continues north below the Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Pavilion. The open area between E 64th and E 68th Streets at Rockefeller University was covered by a lid constructed in 2016.
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FDR Drive northbound emerges from the tunnel system at the East River Walk near 71st Street.
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The E 96th Street off-ramp (Exit 14) departs FDR Drive 0.75 miles north of the 78th Street pedestrian overpass at John Jay Park.
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FDR Drive passes below three blocks of structures between E 81st Street and Carl Schurz Park.
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The Harlem River Lift Bridge links FDR Drive with Interstate 278 along the Triborough (RFK) Bridge system at Randalls Island via Exit 17 in 1.5 miles.
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Exit 14 leaves FDR Drive north for E 96th Street to the Upper East Side and East Harlem.
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The Robert F. Kennedy and Hell Gate Bridges span the East River between Wards Island and Astoria in Queens.
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FDR Drive - South

FDR Drive advances one mile south from E 91st Street to Exit 13 for E 71st Street.
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FDR Drive emerges from a tunnel below Carl Schurz Park ahead of the E 78th Street pedestrian bridge. Exit 13 for Rockefeller University, Marymount Manhattan College and Lenox Hill follows.
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South from Exit 13, FDR continues through a tunnel system at Rockefeller University to E 63rd Street for the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (NY 25).
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Opened March 30, 1909 at a cost of $20 million, the Queensboro Bridge carries ten lanes of traffic on two decks. The bridge comprises two cantilever spans joined by a 630 foot span over Roosevelt Island. The bridge measures 7,449 feet in total length.1
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Exit 12 connects with the eastbound beginning of NY 25 leading across the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge into Queens. E 63rd Street stems west to 5th Avenue Avenue at Central Park Zoo.
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The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge is one of four toll free crossings over the East River from Manhttan. NY 25 crosses the span between FDR Drive and Queens Boulevard en route to Long Island City and Sunnyside.
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FDR Drive passes under another high rise building at E 63rd Street.
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FDR Drive passes underneath the cantilever span of the Queensboro Bridge and the adjacent Roosevelt Island tramway.
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The succeeding exit leaves FDR Drive south for E 53rd Street to the Museum of Modern Art and Rockefeller Center.
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FDR Drive enters another tunnel system southbound between E 58th and E 54th Streets.
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Exit 11 parts ways for E 53rd Street at Sutton Place and Midtown Manhattan.
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Exit 10 separates from FDR Drive south for E 49th Street a quarter mile ahead of Exit 8 for the Queens Midtown Tunnel and Interstate 495.
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The turn off (Exit 10) for E 49th Street links FDR Drive with 1st Avenue north of the United Nationals Headquarters.
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FDR Drive proceeds south below the United Nations Building. The 18-acre United Nations Headquarters consists of four main buildings: the General Assembly building, the Conference Building, the 39-floor Secretariat building and the Dag Hammarskjold Library.
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Exit 8 departs FDR Drive south to E 37th Street, which leads west to 2nd Avenue for the Queens Midtown Tunnel east. Interstate 495 extends east from the tunnel along the Long Island Expressway across Queens to Nassau County.
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Sources:
  1. Queensboro Bridge (NY 25). NYCRoads.com.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/03/04 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 07/27/07 by AARoads.
  • 12/17/17 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 478 - Brooklyn Battery Tunnel
Interstate 495 - Long Island Expressway

Page Updated 03-09-2020.