Twelve Postcard Views Of The Vanished New York Elevated
South Ferry Terminals, where all four of New York’s elevated train lines commenced and ended their travels
The most dramatic change in transportation in 19th century New York came with the building of the elevated train, known simply to generations of New Yorkers as the “el” or “L”. Here with 12 postcard views is a brief history of the New York Elevated.
Battery Park Elevated with the Washington Building on the right, and the Whitehall Building on the left.
The first elevated train line was the Ninth Avenue El which began service in 1869 as a single track line which was operated by a cable. The train ran from the Battery to 31st Street. Continue reading
A Train Ride New Yorkers Will Never Experience Again
This is a portrait of a vanished New York unlike any other ever captured on film.
This ten minute impressionistic documentary film Third Avenue El (1950) is occasionally shown on Turner Classic Movies. If you love old New York City and have never seen the film, I strongly recommend you watch it (below).
On all levels this is a magnificent film and I’m so grateful that writer/director Carson Davidson preserved so many aspects of mid-century New York, all in glorious color.
Service on the Third Ave. El ended in 1955 and the tracks were soon torn down, forever altering the streets of New York.