Brownsville / East New York, Brooklyn

On the border of Brownsville and East New York the Bay Ridge Line descends into a cut going north. The BMT Canarsie Line (L train) joins from the south and proceeds on an elevated track just to the east of the Bay Ridge Line but standing on its right-of-way. It's a strange juxtaposition of high vs. low track. The Bay Ridge Line was built before the Canarsie Line, but the Canarsie Line was built when elevated trains were the fashion in the late 19th century and the below-grade cut for the Bay Ridge Line didn't happen until around 1914.

One suggestion of the RPA for how to start development of the Circumferential Line is by moving the Canarsie Line track into the Bay Ridge Line cut, which would improve speed on the L train as well as get a head start on track that would be presumably be shared by the Canarsie Line and the Circumferential Line.

Brownsville is a very troubled section of the city, with a high concentration of public housing units and the associated poverty and crime.

One of numerous high-rise public housing complexes in Brownsville
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One of numerous high-rise public housing complexes in Brownsville

As the Bay Ridge Line curves to the north, it passes the Linden Shop and Yards... where subway tracks come from. A nice video of what goes on inside is HERE...

Rockaway Avenue side
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Rockaway Avenue side
Rockaway Avenue side
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Rockaway Avenue side
Admin Building sign
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Admin Building sign
Crane
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Crane
Entry gate
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Entry gate
Crane - note the guard staring me down - so who's being terrorized now?
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Crane - note the guard staring me down - so who's being terrorized now?
Linden Shop
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Linden Shop
Linden Shop
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Linden Shop
Row houses - Watkins Street at Linden Boulevard across from Linden Shop
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Row houses - Watkins Street at Linden Boulevard across from Linden Shop
Brownsville Rec Center
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Brownsville Rec Center
Brownsville Rec Center
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Brownsville Rec Center
Vestiges of old Brownsville architecture off Linden Boulevard
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Vestiges of old Brownsville architecture off Linden Boulevard

The NBI lists the Linden Boulevard Bridge (BIN 7702670) as a 173-foot steel girder bridge (widest span 62 feet) built in 1930. The date marker cast in the concrete is damaged, but appears to read 1932.

Linden Boulevard Bridges viewed from the southwest
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Linden Boulevard Bridges viewed from the southwest
Linden Boulevard Bridges viewed from the west
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Linden Boulevard Bridges viewed from the west
Linden Boulevard Bridge
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Linden Boulevard Bridge
Is the date 1932?
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Is the date 1932?
Under the Linden Boulevard Bridge
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Under the Linden Boulevard Bridge
Canarsie Line (L train) coming from the south
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Canarsie Line (L train) coming from the south
Canarsie Line Bridge over Linden Boulevard
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Canarsie Line Bridge over Linden Boulevard
Lot being developed between the Bay Ridge Line and Canarsie Line
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Lot being developed between the Bay Ridge Line and Canarsie Line
Narrow Van Sinderen Avenue to the east of the elevated track
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Narrow Van Sinderen Avenue to the east of the elevated track

New Lots Avenue Station

New Lots is the site of a station on the Canarsie Line and in the late 19th century, the LIRR Bay Ridge Line had a New Lots Road station somewhere around here.

There are three separate rail bridges crossing here at New Lots. The easternmost bridge (BIN 7702661) is an 42-foot girder span carrying a service track from the Linden Shop that runs to the west of the Bay Ridge Line and connects to the IRT Brooklyn Line a few blocks up at Livonia Avenue - presumably to carry track sections to/from the Linden Shop. The center bridge (BIN 7702662) is an 42-foot girder span that is a bit overgrown with vegetation. The Canarsie Line bridge (BIN 7702470) is a 53-foot girder span built in 1905.

IRT service track bridge viewed from the west
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IRT service track bridge viewed from the west
Overgrown Bay Ridge Line bridge over New Lots Avenue
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Overgrown Bay Ridge Line bridge over New Lots Avenue
Drain pipe from the service track bridge
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Drain pipe from the service track bridge
Service track bridge BIN 7702661
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Service track bridge BIN 7702661
Bay Ridge Line bridge BIN 7702662
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Bay Ridge Line bridge BIN 7702662
Ghost sign outside New Lots Station for Tobey's Liquor Store
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Ghost sign outside New Lots Station for Tobey's Liquor Store
New Lots Avenue station (L train)
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New Lots Avenue station (L train)

Palagonia makes great Italian bread that I have often bought in the grocery store. Little did I know it comes from this humble little bakery in Brownsville beside the Bay Ridge Line.

Palagonia truck
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Palagonia truck
Palagonia bakery
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Palagonia bakery
Palagonia bakery
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Palagonia bakery
Looking north along the west retaining wall for the MTA storage yard and the Bay Ridge Line right-of-way
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Looking north along the west retaining wall for the MTA storage yard and the Bay Ridge Line right-of-way
Retaining wall continues to descend - near NYPD surveillance camera
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Retaining wall continues to descend - near NYPD surveillance camera
Razor wire and dead trees protect the storage yard
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Razor wire and dead trees protect the storage yard
Crossover tracks
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Crossover tracks

Livonia Avenue / Junius Street Stations - Brownsville / East New York

The elevated Brooklyn IRT crosses over everything at Livonia Avenue. The Canarsie Line and IRT do not share a station, although there is a pedestrian overpass between the two. A service track from the IRT descends to the south to head into the Linden Shop.

If the recommendation is taken to move the Canarsie Line into the Bay Ridge Line cut, the Circumferential Line and Canarsie Line would share a station here, although there would still probably be no direct transfer available to the IRT.

Brooklyn IRT (3 train) crossing over everything
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Brooklyn IRT (3 train) crossing over everything
Surveillance warning sign
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Surveillance warning sign
Service track from the IRT descending into the Linden Yards
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Service track from the IRT descending into the Linden Yards
Under the IRT track looking west
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Under the IRT track looking west
Storage yard looking south - IRT service track descend into the yard
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Storage yard looking south - IRT service track descend into the yard
Bay Ridge Line tracks looking south from the Livonia Ave. station pedestrian overpass
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Bay Ridge Line tracks looking south from the Livonia Ave. station pedestrian overpass
Bay Ridge Line tracks headed north
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Bay Ridge Line tracks headed north
End of the storage yard just north of Livonia Ave.
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End of the storage yard just north of Livonia Ave.
Livonia Avenue pedestrian overpass
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Livonia Avenue pedestrian overpass
The Livonia Avenue station
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The Livonia Avenue station
The Brooklyn IRT headed off to its terminus at New Lots Ave.
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The Brooklyn IRT headed off to its terminus at New Lots Ave.
Sealed freight doors on a warehouse on Van Sinderen Ave, just east of the Bay Ridge Line
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Sealed freight doors on a warehouse on Van Sinderen Ave, just east of the Bay Ridge Line
Looking North up Van Sinderen Avenue
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Looking North up Van Sinderen Avenue
Compromised fence at Dumont Avenue
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Compromised fence at Dumont Avenue
Arthur N. Brook Center for Positive Change - in an old warehouse on Dumont Avenue
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Arthur N. Brook Center for Positive Change - in an old warehouse on Dumont Avenue
New row houses on Snediker Avenue
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New row houses on Snediker Avenue
New apartment buildings on Snediker Avenue
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New apartment buildings on Snediker Avenue
Old warehouse beside the tracks
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Old warehouse beside the tracks
Wheel with wings logo - an automotive concern, we could assume
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Wheel with wings logo - an automotive concern, we could assume
The Bay Ridge Line tracks from the south viewed from Blake Avenue Bridge
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The Bay Ridge Line tracks from the south viewed from Blake Avenue Bridge

The Blake Avenue Bridge (BIN 2243900) is a 75-foot prestressed concrete slab bridge built in 1990 that replaced a span here that dated from the 1909 grade elimination project.

Parking lot turned soccer field off Blake Avenue
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Parking lot turned soccer field off Blake Avenue
Bay Ridge Line tracks headed north viewed from Blake Avenue Bridge
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Bay Ridge Line tracks headed north viewed from Blake Avenue Bridge
NYPD Surveillance camera on Blake Avenue
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NYPD Surveillance camera on Blake Avenue
Blake Avenue Bridge (BIN 2243900)
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Blake Avenue Bridge (BIN 2243900)
Falling concrete wall between Bay Ridge Line and Canarsie Line
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Falling concrete wall between Bay Ridge Line and Canarsie Line
Cables to MTA power substation
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Cables to MTA power substation
DANGER 27,000 VOLTS
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DANGER 27,000 VOLTS
Nico Metal Products
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Nico Metal Products

Sutter Avenue - Brownsville / East New York

Sutter Avenue is a Canarsie Line stop and presumably would be one on the Circumferential Line. The bridge over the tracks (BIN 2243890) is a 87-foot prestressed concrete bridge built in 2004 that replaced a span dating from the 1909 grade elimination project.

Bay Ridge Line tracks viewed from the Sutter Avenue Bridge
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Bay Ridge Line tracks viewed from the Sutter Avenue Bridge
Sutter Avenue Station
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Sutter Avenue Station
Sutter Avenue Bridge
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Sutter Avenue Bridge
Crumbling concrete wall beside tracks
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Crumbling concrete wall beside tracks
The tracks continue north
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The tracks continue north

This vestigial junction is a remnant of the Fulton Street Elevated, which was opened in 1888 by the Kings County Elevated Railroad Company to compete with the borough's first El, the Brooklyn Elevated Railroad, which had opened in 1885. The Fulton Street El initially ran from the Fulton Ferry on the East River to Nostrand Avenue and was extended within a year to a station on Atlantic Avenue in East New York (the station that has become Broadway Junction). The line then took a brief turn to the south on Van Sinderen before turning east again here on Pitkin Avenue, ultimately heading out to the Brooklyn city line at Grant Avenue. In 1900, the Kings County Elevated Railroad Company was bought out by the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT).

The Canarsie Line (L train) opened in 1907 and used a portion of the Fulton Street El on Van Sinderen Avenue south of Broadway Junction before heading south on new track. In 1940, the three NYC transit companies were merged and the portion of the Fulton Street El from the river to Rockaway Avenue (just west of here) was abandoned because it was redundant with the newer IND Fulton Street underground line that had opened in 1936. An extension of the IND Fulton Street Line was built from Rockaway Avenue east to Euclid Avenue after WWII and opened in 1948. In 1956 a connection was made between the IND at Euclid Avenue with the Fulton Street El at 80th Street, making the section of the Fulton Street El between Van Sinderen and 80th Street redundant and obsolete. That section was finally demolished in 2004, leaving this junction alone since it was part of the structure of the Canarsie Line track.

Fulton Street El junction viewed from the south
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Fulton Street El junction viewed from the south
Fulton Street El junction
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Fulton Street El junction
Fulton Street El junction north of Pitkin Ave - viewed from the south
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Fulton Street El junction north of Pitkin Ave - viewed from the south
Fulton Street El junction north of Pitkin Avenue
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Fulton Street El junction north of Pitkin Avenue
Fulton Street El junction south of Pitkin Avenue
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Fulton Street El junction south of Pitkin Avenue
Pitkin Avenue looking east - no more El
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Pitkin Avenue looking east - no more El
The Bay Ridge Line tracks proceeding north from Pitkin Avenue
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The Bay Ridge Line tracks proceeding north from Pitkin Avenue
Looking north under the Fulton St. El / Canarsie Line tracks at Pitkin Avenue
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Looking north under the Fulton St. El / Canarsie Line tracks at Pitkin Avenue

The Glenmore Avenue Bridge (BIN 2243860) is a 108-foot prestressed concrete bridge built in 2004 that replaced a steel stringer bridge from 1930.

Glenmore Avenue bridge
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Glenmore Avenue bridge
Bay Ridge Line headed north from Glenmore - East NY Tunnel in the distance
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Bay Ridge Line headed north from Glenmore - East NY Tunnel in the distance
The Bay Ridge Line tracks headed north toward Glenmore Avenue
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The Bay Ridge Line tracks headed north toward Glenmore Avenue
Jesus may be Lord, but not here anymore - Glenmore at Junius
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Jesus may be Lord, but not here anymore - Glenmore at Junius
Rubel Coal and Ice Corp.
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Rubel Coal and Ice Corp.
L Train headed south from Glenmore
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L Train headed south from Glenmore
Looking north under the Fulton Street El / Canarsie Line tracks
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Looking north under the Fulton Street El / Canarsie Line tracks
Fulton St. El / Canarsie Line crossing Liberty Avenue
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Fulton St. El / Canarsie Line crossing Liberty Avenue