County Route 33 (Rockland County, New York)

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County Route 33 marker

County Route 33
Map of Rockland County in southeastern New York with County Route 33 highlighted in red
Route information
Length13.3 mi[1] (21.4 km)
Major junctions
South end NY 304 in Pearl River
  NY 304 in Pearl River
NY 59 in Nanuet
Palisades Parkway in New City
US 202 in Garnerville
North end CR 106 in Stony Point
Highway system

County Route 33 is a 13.3 miles (21.4 km) south–north county route in the central part of Rockland County, New York. Prior to 1970, portions of CR 33 were designated as the old route of New York State Route 304. Today, CR 33 serves as an alternative route for NY 304 from Pearl River to New City where NY 304 ends at US 9W. North of New City, CR 33 serves as an alternative route for the US 9W/US 202 multiplex in northern Rockland County.

CR 33 is the longest county route in Rockland, and in fact is longer than all NY state routes within the county except for NY 59 (only shorter by three-quarters of a mile). CR 33 intersects several major west–east roads within the county. It even intersects the Palisades Interstate Parkway at exit 10 in New City. CR 33 has one present child-route in CR 33A in Nanuet, and until recently had three with CR 33B located in New City and CR 33C located in Stony Point.

Route description[edit]

CR 33 begins here at NY 304, and proceeds east through Pearl River before turning north on Middletown Road.

CR 33 begins at NY 304 in Pearl River, and ends at CR 106 (Old NY 210) in Stony Point.[2] CR 33 runs through Pearl River, Nanuet, New City, Garnerville, and Stony Point. CR 33 is an alternate route for NY 304 from Pearl River to New City, and an alternate route for US 9W/US 202 from Garnerville to Stony Point. Between New City and Garnerville, CR 33 goes up Hi-Tor Mountain through Hi-Tor State Park. Unlike most the county routes in Rockland, CR 33 runs through many business areas. It cuts through downtown Garnerville, Nanuet, and Pearl River. In fact, CR 33 is a primary access road for The Shops at Nanuet. Only in New City does CR 33 serve really as a residential road.[2]

CR 33 begins here at CR 106 in Stony Point.

CR 33 begins at NY 304 in Pearl River just a half a mile north of the New Jersey border. For the first 0.6 miles (1.0 km), CR 33 runs in a west–east direction through downtown Pearl River (Central Avenue) When CR 33 reaches Middletown Road, it turns north through the northern portions of Pearl River. CR 33 serves as the primary road throughout business areas of Pearl River. CR 33 then intersects NY 304 for the second time in Pearl River and heads north into Nanuet.[2]

Like in Pearl River, CR 33 splits downtown Nanuet with intersections with CR 42, CR 46, and its child-route, CR 33A. Here CR 33 is still named Middletown Road, but it is also considered Main Street within the business district of Nanuet. As CR 33 leaves downtown Nanuet, it has a rather busy intersection with NY 59. This is because the The Shops at Nanuet and the Rockland Plaza strip mall are located at this intersection. After this intersection, CR 33 proceeds north into residential areas of Nanuet running parallel to NY 304. Here it meets CR 60 at Smith Road.[2]

CR 33 here in New City as it proceeds north toward Hi-Tor Mountain.

As CR 33 enters New City it has its intersection with the Palisades Interstate Parkway at exit 10. This intersection is rather large as it also includes Germonds Road and West Clarkstown Road, which are major roads in New City. As CR 33 crosses the PIP, it changes from Middletown Road into Little Tor Road. It then proceeds north into residential New City with intersections with CR 76 and CR 80. Its intersection with CR 80 marks the intersection with the two longest county routes in Rockland. CR 33 continues north through New City for another 2.6 miles (4.2 km) before beginning its trek through Hi-Tor State Park. CR 33 spends two miles (3 km) climbing and descending Hi-Tor Mountain. At its summit, drivers going southbound can see into New York City on a clear day. As CR 33 leaves Hi-Tor Park it enters the village of Garnerville.[2]

Here, CR 33 intersects and joins US 202 for a third of a mile before turning north. It crosses CR 94 in downtown Garnerville. In fact, this used to be the former eastern terminus of CR 94, until it was extended beyond US 9W/US 202 in West Haverstraw. CR 33 then proceeds into the town of Stony Point for the final mile and a half of its run. It intersects CR 98 and CR 100 before coming to an end at CR 106. It really would be impossible to extend CR 33 further north as Bear Mountain State Park lies close to its northern terminus.[2]

History[edit]

Prior to 1970, portions of CR 33 were designated as the old route of NY 304.[3] Also, the section between CR 94 and CR 106, known locally as Central Highway, was once the rail bed of the New Jersey & New York Railroad Line spur ending at Stony Point Station.[4]

CR 33A spurs off of CR 33 here in Nanuet.

Suffixed routes[edit]

  • CR 33A- Route 33A is a 0.1 miles (0.2 km) spur from CR 33 to CR 46 along Old Middletown Road in Nanuet.[5]
  • CR 33B- Route 33B was a 0.4 miles (0.6 km) business route that began and ended at CR 33 in New City.[6] It ran along Old Middletown Road and the western terminus of Kings Highway.
  • CR 33C- Route 33C was barely a 0.1 miles (0.2 km) spur from CR 33 to a dead end along an extension of Central Highway in Stony Point.[7]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Rockland County.

Locationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Pearl River0.00.0 NY 304 (Pearl Street)
1.52.4 NY 304Interchange
Nanuet1.93.1 CR 42 east (Townline Road)Western terminus of CR 42
2.43.9 CR 33A north (Old Middletown Road)Southern terminus of CR 33A
2.74.3 CR 46 west (Old Middletown Road)Eastern terminus of CR 33A
3.35.3 NY 59 to New York Thruway / Palisades Parkway
4.36.9 CR 60 west (Smith Road)Eastern terminus of CR 60
New City5.08.0 Palisades ParkwayExit 10 on Palisades Parkway; access via local roads
6.210.0 CR 76 east (Collyer Avenue)Western terminus of CR 76
7.011.3 CR 80 (New Hempstead Road)
Garnerville11.218.0 US 202 – Suffern, Mount IvySouthern terminus of concurrency with US 202
West Haverstraw11.518.5 US 202 eastNorthern terminus of concurrency with US 202
11.919.2 CR 94 (West Railroad Avenue / Suffern Lane)
Stony Point12.820.6 CR 98 (Filors Lane)
13.121.1 CR 100 (Washburn Lane)
13.321.4 CR 106 (Central Drive)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (June 29, 2018). "County Route 33" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Overview Map of Rockland CR 33 (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  3. ^ Anderson, Steve. "Rockland County Routes 26–50". NYCRoads. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "N.Y., Kings, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam counties. - David Rumsey Historical Map Collection". www.davidrumsey.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. ^ Overview Map of Rockland CR 33A (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved September 24, 2007.
  6. ^ Overview Map of Former Rockland CR 33B (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  7. ^ Overview Map of Former Rockland CR 33C (Map). Google Maps. Retrieved January 21, 2008.

External links[edit]

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