Third Avenue El

Revisiting the Last Days of the Third Avenue El [PHOTOS]

Posted December 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

The Third Avenue Elevated line officially concluded service in May 1955. It had been part of the transit equation for decades. Thereafter, the trusses and tracks were removed from the streetscape, freeing namesake Third Avenue its Bowery tributary from the shadows. During the demise, a photographer snapped several shots of the train on its final […]

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This Amazing Footage of the Bowery in 1934 Will Give You Perspective [VIDEO]

Posted May 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

Still combing through the recent trove of British Pathe newsreels uploaded to YouTube… Our latest adventure down the rabbit hole yielded vintage footage of the Bowery dating back to 1934. For perspective, that’s two decades before Lionel Rogisin’s On the Bowery. The clip is part of the overall “Pathe Review (American Travelogue)” package for tourists. […]

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Rare Footage from 1930s Shows the Third Avenue El in Action [VIDEO]

Posted March 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

Here’s your chance to ride the Third Avenue El of yore. Sort of. We came across this rare footage the other day, which offers a brief snapshot of the elevated subway system in operation sometime in the 1930s. The short clip, presumably shot by a passenger, shows the train riding the rails, first in midtown, then […]

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Germania Bank Building in 1905

Posted December 21, 2010 at 6:28 am

Last week, the Museum of the City of New York went live with a veritable treasure trove of archival photographs.

On the Old Bowery: Exploding Moving Pictures

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

One hundred three years ago to the day, the New York Times published an article about the explosion of a certain “moving picture apparatus” on the Bowery. During a canvas viewing of the “Dance of the Seven Veils,” a three-alarm fire engulfed the five-story vaudeville house. It’s time to return to the old Bowery.

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On the Old Bowery: Relocating the El

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:57 am

In writing yesterday’s post about the imminent demolition of 185-191 Bowery, we came across a fascinating period piece on the Bowery dating back to the turn-of-the-century.  Published ninety-four years ago, almost to the day, in the New York Times Magazine, this article explores the newfound freedom attained after the Third Avenue El trackwork was relocated […]

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