104th Street S Curve, Elevated Railway, Harlem, 1899 (video)

video-tape-1From (Thomas) Edison Films catalog taken from the front platform of a special train that ran backward over the celebrated S (“Suicide Curve,”) Curve, Elevated Railway in East Harlem, New York, 1899. Continue Reading →

DOT Proposes Road Diets for Two Harlem Uptown Aves

Map: DOT [PDF]

Two dangerous Harlem/uptown avenues could get road diets and bike lanes this summer under a DOT plan presented to the Manhattan Community Board 12 transportation committee on Monday [PDF]. A plan for Sherman Avenue received the committee’s support, while a design for St. Nicholas Avenue is headed for at least one more month of review. Continue Reading →

Some Harlem Bus Riders “Trampling Our Liberties”

125_buslaneA DOT plan to extend bus lanes and add turn restrictions on 125th Street was shouted down last night by the same hecklers who have filibustered street safety improvements at Community Board 10 for years. Noticeably absent from last night’s meeting: People who ride the bus on 125th Street. Continue Reading →

Elevated Railroad Train 110th St., In Harlem, 1893

519w7RTYu2LThe IRT Ninth Avenue Line, often called the Ninth Avenue El, was the first elevated railway in New York City. It opened in 1868 as the West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway, a cable-hauled line. It ceased operation in 1940.

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