Wednesday, August 11, 2010

☞ REMEMBER: Deconstructing the 8th Avenue El

We had featured a photo of FDB/8th Avenue elevated train tracks circa 1940 yesterday and it would appear that the elevated train would be deconstructed the following year. The top photo shows 8th Avenue circa 1941, at the intersection of 150th Street and Macombs Place. Most of the tracks have been removed in the southern quarters and demolition was just starting at West 150th. The triangular corner building and most of the buildings on the west side of the avenue still remain today as can be seen in the photo taken earlier on this spring. The miniature flat iron building has recently been renovated to includ affordable housing units (sans the original cornice). Read our past post to get more information on the Macombs Place building: LINK. Archival photo courtesy of NYPL. Current photo by Ulysses

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