FDR Drive

Direction: North/South
Southern Terminus: West Street (NY 9A) and Battery Tunnel (I-478) in Manhattan
Northern Terminus: RFK Bridge (I-278) and Harlem River Drive in Manhattan
Distance: 9.68 miles
Counties: New York

The FDR Drive is a highway that runs along the east side of Manhattan. Even though it does not have the word "parkway" in its name, the FDR Drive is considered a parkway because it is a limited-access highway that is not open to commercial vehicles. It begins at West Street (NY 9A) and the Battery Tunnel (I-478) in Downtown Manhattan. It runs north along the East River. At the RFK Bridge (I-278), the FDR Drive ends and becomes the Harlem River Drive. The FDR Drive was originally known as the East River Drive and was renamed after the former president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt.


Copyright © 2003-2015 by David Golub. All rights reserved. The author would like to thank William Roll for contributing photographs and LC for contributing documents to this web site. You may not reproduce any text or photographs on this web site without express permission from the author. Hotlinking of images from this site is strictly prohibited. Route symbols based on graphics from Central PA/MD Roads and Wikipedia.