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Old April 30th, 2013, 03:36 AM   #2201
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In the last episode of Mad Men, set in 1968, a character is looking at an apartment on York Av., and the realtor tells her "When they finish the Second Avenue Subway, this apartment will quadruple in value."
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Old April 30th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #2202
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Mad Men inhabits a parallel universe of the 1960s, where destroying Penn Station is seen as a good thing and the opening of the Second Avenue Subway in the 20th century is viewed as realistic.
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The realtors are known to exaggerate.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 10:31 AM   #2204
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Mad Men inhabits a parallel universe of the 1960s, where destroying Penn Station is seen as a good thing and the opening of the Second Avenue Subway in the 20th century is viewed as realistic.
What's parallel about that?
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Old May 1st, 2013, 05:20 PM   #2205
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It's the same universe.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 06:30 PM   #2206
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Smith-9th Reopens by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

After a two-year rehabilitation project, Brooklyn’s Smith-9 Sts Station reopened on Fri., April 26, 2013, restoring F and G service to the Red Hook, Gowanus and Carroll Gardens communities.

The 79-year-old facility—the world's highest subway station at nearly 88 feet—underwent a ground up renewal over the course of 22 months. Work began in 2011 in conjunction with the rebuilding of the Culver Viaduct.

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Old May 12th, 2013, 02:07 PM   #2207
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The System: Rapid Transit in New York. Documentary from 1966.

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Old May 14th, 2013, 05:19 AM   #2208
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I would have preferred it if they extended the 7 line in Queens. It will never happen, though.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 12:31 AM   #2209
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Great news: A train service to the Rockaways, along with the Rockaway Park Shuttle, will be restored on 30 May, just in time for the summer beach season. Through trains to Rockaway were suspended last fall due to hurricane damage, and riders wishing to continue their journeys were required to transfer to a circuitous bus service at Howard Beach station and then to the free cross-Rockaway H train at Mott Ave.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 10:25 PM   #2210
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NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY | Rockaway Service Restoration

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Crews are feverishly working to restore A train service to the Rockaways as seen on Mon., May 13, 2013.

Infrastructure and electrical work in the fare control level of the Broad Channel station.

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Looking south from the Broad Channel station.

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Crew installing remote-controlled third rail heating system near the North Channel Bridge.

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Water sheathing sea wall on the west side of the tracks.

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Track work north of Broad Channel.

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Ballast and water sheathing sea wall north of Broad Channel.

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Contractors readying the Broad Channel station.

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Restored track and vehicular service road north of Broad Channel.

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Crews are feverishly working to restore A train service to the Rockaways as seen on Mon., May 13, 2013.
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NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY | Second Avenue Subway

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Work continues to progress on the cavern that will house the Second Avenue Subway's 72nd Street Station.

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September 1942 "New York. Looking north from the Ninth Street station on the Third Avenue elevated railway as a train leaves on the local track." Medium format negative by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information.
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Shame that this elevated line was replaced with nothing, leading to an overcrowded Lexington Ave line and a badly served East side of Manhattan.
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Shame that this elevated line was replaced with nothing, leading to an overcrowded Lexington Ave line and a badly served East side of Manhattan.
When I was a little boy circa 1953-1955 (when it closed) I rode on this line with my real dad from his home not to far from this picture to 42nd st..then cross town(on a bus as I think) to Times Square to get the #1 Broadway local to my moms apartment in Harlem. I don't remember much. But I do remember standing and waiting for a train...Long before most of the readers of this forum were born.
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But I do remember standing and waiting for a train...Long before most of the readers of this forum were born.
That long? But seriously, nice photo. It's a shame indeed the els were torn down without any serious initiatives to replace them with a subway line. Yes, I know about the long history of the Second Avenue Subway. But that line should have been here for decades now.
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Shame that this elevated line was replaced with nothing, leading to an overcrowded Lexington Ave line and a badly served East side of Manhattan.
Anyone know why it was removed in the first place? Was the ridership was not high enough at the time to support the line?
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Anyone know why it was removed in the first place? Was the ridership was not high enough at the time to support the line?
The subway was built more than 50 years after the "els" in direct competition. The "els" were loud, dark, damp, ugly.. I know parts of the el system closed when the subway opened and that the second and third ave els were joined. I believe the 3rd closed when lexington ave subway opened (?) and as the 2nd & 3rd were connected it was deemed best to abandon both. Its interesting to note that the 2nd el had a 3rd express track which is probably why they designed the subway system with express tracks (something they seem to have stopped with the most recent lines)
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3rd Avenue El was the last El to be put out of service (1955, although the Bronx part remained in service until 1973). The 6th Avenue El was the first to go when it was replaced by the 6th Avenue subway (IND) in 1940. The 9th and 2nd Avenue Els must have been abandoned and demolished somewhere in the 1940's or early 50's. The 9th Avenue El was replaced by the 8th Avenue subway (IND), but although plans for a 2nd Avenue subway already existed in the IND plans of 1929, it was never built for various reasons.

Third tracking only occurred under the Dual Contracts - the period about 100 years ago when the IRT and the BMT both constructed subway lines in Manhattan, which were already four tracked by design.
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I believe the 3rd closed when lexington ave subway opened
It was closed much latter, Lexington Avenue Line opened between 1904 and 1918 and the Third Avenue El closed in 1955.
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3rd Avenue El was the last El to be put out of service (1955, although the Bronx part remained in service until 1973).
You mean in Manhattan of course. Elevated lines still exist in the other boroughs.
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