Midwood, Brooklyn

The LIRR Bay Ridge Line continues to the northwest in a trench running through Midwood.

McDonald Avenue / Avenue I Station

The tracks cross under McDonald Avenue, which at this point hosts the elevated BMT Culver Line (F train). At the time the original Bay Ridge Line was built, McDonald Avenue was called Gravesend Avenue and the Parkville station was located here.

The 2006 Hagstrom street map I have still indicates a spur of some kind extending to the southeast of the Bay Ridge Line and, presumably, into whatever was in this area before it became a ShopRite grocery store. The large, decrepit concrete building to the south of the ShopRite certainly looks like it had an industrial past and whatever the ShopRite was before the facade modifications may have been industrial as well. However, I found no trace of the spur in the pedestrian passage between the dead end of 19th Avenue and the retail area, and whatever cut was there may have been filled in - unless there's a hidden tunnel?)

This intersection presents some challenges for direct transfer between lines as the Bay Ridge Line passes a few hundred feet north of the end of the platform for the Avenue I elevated station. One suggestion from the RPA's 1996 proposal is to construct a tunnel down McDonald Avenue to replace the slow-moving elevated track. The Avenue I station would then, presumably, be integrated with the rail-line station. As much as the businesses and residents of the area would probably like a tunnel (but reject it because of the street disruptions needed for its construction), the costs and complexity of such a modification (whether deep-bore or cut-and-cover) would only add an additional obstacle to getting anything built.

51st Street cut by the rail right-of-way
7/10/2008 04:44 PM
51st Street cut by the rail right-of-way
19th Avenue cut by the rail right-of-way
7/10/2008 04:45 PM
19th Avenue cut by the rail right-of-way
50th Street bridge over tracks - note unusual separation of sidewalks from the street
7/10/2008 04:46 PM
50th Street bridge over tracks - note unusual separation of sidewalks from the street
50th Street bridge over tracks
7/10/2008 04:46 PM
50th Street bridge over tracks
Pedestrian passage near the tracks at the end of 19th Avenue
7/10/2008 04:47 PM
Pedestrian passage near the tracks at the end of 19th Avenue
Pedestrian passage near the tracks at the end of 19th Avenue
7/10/2008 04:47 PM
Pedestrian passage near the tracks at the end of 19th Avenue
Rail line near the pedestrian passage (near the old rail spur?)
7/10/2008 05:11 PM
Rail line near the pedestrian passage (near the old rail spur?)
Truck dock for the ShopRite
7/10/2008 04:48 PM
Truck dock for the ShopRite
ShopRite parking lot (location of old rail spur?)
7/10/2008 05:14 PM
ShopRite parking lot (location of old rail spur?)
Decrepit industrial building (south of old rail spur?)
7/10/2008 04:48 PM
Decrepit industrial building (south of old rail spur?)
Decrepit industrial building
7/10/2008 04:48 PM
Decrepit industrial building
Decrepit industrial building
7/10/2008 05:12 PM
Decrepit industrial building
Demolition permits
7/10/2008 05:05 PM
Demolition permits
South side of industrial building
7/10/2008 05:05 PM
South side of industrial building
Culver Line down McDonald Avenue
7/10/2008 04:50 PM
Culver Line down McDonald Avenue
ShopRite
7/10/2008 04:50 PM
ShopRite
Avenue I station
7/10/2008 04:51 PM
Avenue I station
Avenue I station stairway
7/10/2008 04:52 PM
Avenue I station stairway
Culver Line running north on McDonald Avenue over the freight line bridge
7/10/2008 04:52 PM
Culver Line running north on McDonald Avenue over the freight line bridge
Freight line running behind ShopRite
7/10/2008 04:54 PM
Freight line running behind ShopRite
McDonald Avenue bridge supporting some kind of duct or pipeline
7/10/2008 04:54 PM
McDonald Avenue bridge supporting some kind of duct or pipeline
Engine 250 Station - 126 Elmwood
7/10/2008 04:56 PM
Engine 250 Station - 126 Elmwood
Older single-family homes on Avenue I at 2nd Street
7/10/2008 05:20 PM
Older single-family homes on Avenue I at 2nd Street
East 3rd Street bridge over tracks north of Elmwood Avenue
7/10/2008 05:23 PM
East 3rd Street bridge over tracks north of Elmwood Avenue
Large contemporary apartment building on Elmwood Avenue
7/10/2008 05:25 PM
Large contemporary apartment building on Elmwood Avenue
Contemporary row McMansions in the shadow of the 70s-era Marien-Heim Tower
7/10/2008 05:26 PM
Contemporary row McMansions in the shadow of the 70s-era Marien-Heim Tower
Marien-Heim Tower
7/10/2008 05:34 PM
Marien-Heim Tower
Old apartment building on Elmwood Avenue
7/10/2008 05:27 PM
Old apartment building on Elmwood Avenue
Fountains seem like a good idea, until you don't care enough to maintain them
7/10/2008 05:27 PM
Fountains seem like a good idea, until you don't care enough to maintain them
Ocean Parkway
7/10/2008 05:28 PM
Ocean Parkway
Benches beside Ocean Parkway
7/10/2008 05:28 PM
Benches beside Ocean Parkway
Tracks leading up to Ocean Parkway Bridge
7/10/2008 05:29 PM
Tracks leading up to Ocean Parkway Bridge
Detail of retaining wall near Ocean Parkway Bridge
7/10/2008 05:29 PM
Detail of retaining wall near Ocean Parkway Bridge
Ocean Parkway
7/10/2008 05:30 PM
Ocean Parkway
McMansion on Avenue I east of Ocean Parkway
7/10/2008 05:36 PM
McMansion on Avenue I east of Ocean Parkway
McMansion under construction
7/10/2008 05:37 PM
McMansion under construction
New McMansion beside old McMansion
7/10/2008 05:37 PM
New McMansion beside old McMansion
McMansion
7/10/2008 05:38 PM
McMansion
McMansion
7/10/2008 05:38 PM
McMansion
Street of McMansions dead-ending into the railroad track
7/10/2008 05:40 PM
Street of McMansions dead-ending into the railroad track
Old Synagogue on Coney Island Avenue
7/10/2008 05:41 PM
Old Synagogue on Coney Island Avenue
Old Synagogue on Coney Island Avenue
7/10/2008 05:43 PM
Old Synagogue on Coney Island Avenue
Guess he didn't have the money to finish the renovation
7/10/2008 05:47 PM
Guess he didn't have the money to finish the renovation