Wednesday, June 29, 2011

☞ REVIVE: Manhattanville 3rd Avenue Tracks

One of the notable historic curiosities at 12th Avenue and 125th Street that many point out are the remains of the 3rd Avenue Railroad tracks embedded in the Belgian stones at the south end of the viaduct. Apparently these tracks will only be a memory going forward since they are in the direct path of new construction. The lower photo shows the site today which reveals that the stones have all been piled up and removed as part of the underground infrastructure work of the new Columbia Manhattanville Campus.

Local historian Eric K. Washington notes that the electric cable car tracks had been established in 1885 as trial route that would be more efficient than horse-drawn transportation.  The 3rd Avenue Railway Company was responsible for most of this new type of transportation uptown in the late 19th century and would expand the system throughout Harlem with this location's successful cable car run:  LINK.  

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