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8th Avenue Elevated: 1905

8th Avenue Elevated: 1905

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


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Is this the same El

that appeared in the thrilling car chase sequence in "The French Connection"?

[The car chase in that 1971 film was shot in Brooklyn; the Manhattan tracks seen here were gone by 1940. - Dave]

Spectacular Photograph

What an impressive perspective and composition.

The foreground cobblestones taking an important part of our attention.

The use of above ground rail is such a good conserve of space. The ground footprint of the support stanchions is very small in comparison to the benefit gained of mass transport without congestion.

This idea should be implemented more today to ease traffic chaos on choked arterial roads. A second level can carry vehicles and/or trams/trains via point to point destinations.
Much less intrusive than demolition of huge swathes of buildings to create more lanes.

Old meets new

I superimposed the Google Street View over the Shorpy image to see the changes around the building on the left.

Reckitt's Blue

An early manifestation of the consumer-goods conglomerate Reckitt Benckiser:

Don't jump !!

As they say, there's only one chance to make a first impression, and you don't want it to be in the pavement: the (in)famous Suicide Curve.

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