Islanders’ new arena will lead to more traffic on Cross Island Parkway

By Linda Imhauser

I read with dismay that an 18,000-seat hockey and concert arena will be built at Belmont Park for the New York Islanders.

While this may benefit some people, it will create horrendous traffic on the overburdened Cross Island Parkway.

Beginning daily at 2:30 p.m., there is bumper-to-bumper traffic from the Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges, plus terrible backups near the entrance to the Long Island Expressway.

Now we will have to deal with thousands of people going to and from this arena.

While there will be some improvements from the Long Island Rail Road, what is the city planning to do to alleviate increased traffic on the Cross Island Parkway?

New York’s motto seems to be “build, build, build,” without much thought for the problems it causes.

Linda Imhauser


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