Interstate 695 follows the Throgs Neck Expressway, a short connector linking I-295 and the Throgs Neck Bridge with I-95 and the New England Thruway in Bronx, New York.
The Throgs Neck Expressway opened in 1961 and was included as the easternmost extent of Interstate 78. When I-78 across Brooklyn and Queeks, New York was cancelled in 1971, the Cross Bronx Expressway Extension, the Clearview Expressway and Throgs Neck Bridge were redesignated as Interstate 295 and the Throgs Neck Expressway as Interstate 295 Spur (similar to I-270 Spur in Montgomery County, Maryland). Interstate 695 replaced I-295 Spur in 1986, though the mileage for I-695 remained attributed to I-295 until the official Route Log and Finders List issued on December 31, 2014.
A previous alignment for Interstate 695 in New York City was reserved for the unconstructed route of the Queens Interborough Expressway from the proposed Cross Brooklyn Expressway (I-878) north to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) in Queens. This designation was approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on June 23, 1969.