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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Elevated: 1905

The Elevated: 1905

New York City circa 1905. "The Elevated, Eighth Avenue and 110th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

111th St.

The nearest buildings visible are on 111th Street. The billboards appear to surround lots that must have been vacant at the time, between 110th and 111th. On the left (west) side of 8th Avenue there are now new high rise apartments. On the right (east) side are lower, older buildings that may have been built right after the picture was taken.

Shadows of a curve

I live just a few blocks from here and, although the elevated is gone, you can still see unusually shaped buildings built to accommodate the curve in the tracks.

111th

The buildings on the left, just under the El are still there. Check out Google Maps. Note that Google Maps shows them to be on 111th Street (not 110th). The buildings on the right side of the street seem to have been replaced by some faceless structures without any kind of character.

$25 a month

for my fourth-floor apartment, and this is the view?

NYC invaded by giant mechanical centipede!

OK, maybe not. But what a striking image!

Suicide Curve

The Ninth Avenue El was over 100 feet above the street at "Suicide Curve," the 90-degree turn from Ninth Avenue onto 110th Street, and another from 110th onto Eighth Avenue. Dismantled in the 1940s and '50s.

http://www.nycsubway.org/lines/9thave-el.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9XLGc7d0zA

In the shade

That's depressing. A street with a permanent cloudy day.

 
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