Third Avenue El

Enjoy this slice of a bygone life.  It's a video of the old Third Avenue El train that captures the experinece of riding the old elevated train, as well as life in NY in mid-century: 

To find out more, check out the Wikipedia ariticle, which includes this relevant bit of information:

"...the Third Avenue El, which was intended to stay in use until the Second Avenue Subway was built to replace it. However, government bureaucracy and pressure from private developers, eager to redevelop Third Avenue, forced the closure of the El prematurely with no adequate subway replacement, leaving residents on the East Side of Manhattan with the overcrowded IRT Lexington Avenue Line as the only subway east of Fifth Avenue."

 I wonder if they would have been so eager to demolish it if they had known it would take so many years to start the Second Avenue Subway...

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