Second Avenue

Queensboro Bridge with Elevated Train, 1920

Queensboro Bridge with Elevated Train, 1920

Looking East from East 59th Street and Second Avenue across the Queensboro Bridge on this day in 1920, one sees an Elevated Train car, a few trucks and motor cars, and a few pedestrians.  This cantilever bridge opened in March 1909, and approximately 11 years into its existence, seems very much underutilized.  Not so, today. Today there is no time of day or night when significantly more than half a dozen vehicles will be found crossing its spans. 

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East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, c. 1932

East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, c. 1932

Looking west along Forty-Second Street from Second Avenue, you can see the Third Avenue Elevated Line and, beyond it, the Chrysler Building. The street is quiet, with only a few cars parked at the curb and a few pedestrians in winter coats walking briskly past the City Coffee Pot. The newly-constructed Daily News Building is on the left, just beyond the Coffee Pot.

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Queensboro Bridge from Second Avenue, 1914

Queensboro Bridge from Second Avenue, 1914

Pedestrians and some horse-drawn vehicles can be seen crossing the 59th Street Bridge from Second Avenue in Manhattan. The pedestrians seem to outnumber the vehicular traffic, although both are light by today's standards. The buildings to the south of the bridge are painted with a variety of advertisements, including for Coca-Cola, Wallach's Superior Laundry, Omega Oil for Sore Muscles, Puffed Rice, and Castoria.

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East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, 1915

East 42nd Street and Second Avenue, 1915

View east toward entrance to the Second Avenue El.  Note the Tammany Hall poster above the entrance to the stairway, which places the date of this photo around October.  The platform for this elevated train station can be seen in this 1902 photo.

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Second Avenue El, 1902

Second Avenue El, 1902

Second Avenue Elevated Train platform between East 41st and East 42nd Streets, 1902.  The Second Avenue Elevated Train was operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit company.  It ran along Second Avenue between East 129th Street and Chatham Square below and above which it joined with the Third Avenue Elevated Line.  The stairway leading up to this platform can be seen in this 1915 photo.

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