Why Doesn’t Manhattan Have Any Cross-Town Expressways?
Between the 1920s and 1960s, five east-west expressways were planned for Manhattan. Their greatest champion was state and city official Robert Moses, who wanted to modernize New York City for the "automobile age." The Lower Manhattan Expressway and the Mid-Manhattan Expressway were debated for many years. However, growing opposition from officials, community activists and the general public prevented the highways from being built.