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Tenants in 97 Orchard Street could almost certainly hear the Allen Street portion of the Second Avenue el, one block over, built in 1878 and opened in 1880.
Despite the unpleasant side effects, the el gave the people of the Lower East Side a precious gift that many of us now take for granted: mobility. BRT Brooklyn Rapid Transit, the company that operated almost all Brooklyn transit prior to the Dual Contracts, at which time its name changed to the BMT. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. But the El once was a vital part of New York transportation, an improvement on surface railways, pre-dating the underground subways, and discarded hastily during the rise of the automobile. Elevated Train Platform, Andre Kertesz (American (born Hungary), Budapest 1894–1985 New York City). Becky Fifield is a preservation consultant with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. This section of elevated on Westchester Avenue, near the Prospect Avenue station, dates from the original IRT built in 1905. It also shows that the girders do not project beyond the stringers, making for a neater, more pleasing appearance.
The schematic below illustrates how the 5-foot wide tracks sit below the 9-foot wide cars, and the 2-foot overhang on each side. This neat postcard showing a vintage New York City scene, is from a postcard book published by Dover Publications copyright 1976, likely to be out of print now. If you did, chances are good that the train went underground for at least part of your commute.

These cars had the floor between the wheel wells, or ‘trucks,’ lowered so that the cars would look more stable and people wouldn't worry about the cars tipping over. The trains on the el tracks were actual trains – large, dirty, and heavy steam powered locomotives. The Allen Street el rumbled from Houston Street to Division Street (near what is today the Manhattan Bridge).
While none of the original el structures currently exist, we can see the remnants of these in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx where the tracks loom above busy streets, screeching and sometimes sparking overhead, reminding us all that life in New York City was once even louder than it is today.
Your Flash player is missing or outdated.Click here to update your player so you can see this content. Public transport generally refers to rail and bus service and is also called mass transit, especially when referring to service in urban areas. The last elevated line in Manhattan was the 3rd Avenue line, at last abandoned in the Bronx in 1973. There was a value in not looking out your window to see passerbys on a train staring back just a few feet from your window. Despite the rust and peeling paint, these pictures illustrate many of the details described in Design of Steel Elevated Railways, The New York Rapid Transit Railway Extensions, from Engineering News, 1914. The stringers are right under the tracks, eliminating practically all stress in the cross-ties except direct compression. But underground subways are a relatively new mode of transportation in New York City; the first mass transit trains all ran above ground. The idea of using horse drawn cars, rather than trains, was floated, but there is one thing worse than ash and cinders falling from elevated tracks, and it comes from horses… so the idea was quickly shot down. The elevated tracks were dirty and loud; they blocked out the sun to the already dark and crowded street below and the soot from the locomotive filled the air.

For one low price a passenger could get on the train in Lower Manhattan and simply ride above the people and the horses until they got off at Central Park South or any other location on the nine miles of track.
Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. The IRT trains are nine feet wide and the designers allowed 3.5 feet between trains for safety. Griest, in the linked article above, described that considerations of road usage (in the 1915 Dual Contract expansion) dictated a standard 26 foot distance between columns in that project.
This mobility was extremely popular to people; 14 million people took the el in 1878 alone.
There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Meanwhile folks on the East Side are forced to crowd onto the Lexington Ave Line or ride noisy grimy buses that are slower than an 18th century carriage. Thus, these nice, if rusty, brackets that sit directly beneath the outside stringers are only found in the original (1904-05) IRT elevated structures. It was estimated in the 1940s, you could travel from my neighborhood in the way east 70s to Times Square in 12 minutes on the elevated. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place.

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