Glendale, Queens

The Bay Ridge Line crosses into Queens over Cooper Avenue and Wycoff Avenue on a 96-foot steel girder bridge from 1913, leaving the cemetery behind to the southeast. The IRT Canarsie Line (L train) goes underground at this point, crossing under the Bay Ridge Line and heading northwest under Wycoff Avenue. St. Felix Avenue parallels the east side of the line for a few blocks.

Cooper Avenue Bridge
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Cooper Avenue Bridge
Closeup of Cooper Avenue Bridge abutment
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Closeup of Cooper Avenue Bridge abutment
BIN 7705190
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BIN 7705190
Evergreens Cemetery
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Evergreens Cemetery
Evergreens Cemetery
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Evergreens Cemetery
Cooper Avenue Bridge
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Cooper Avenue Bridge
Service stairway up to the track off St. Felix Avenue
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Service stairway up to the track off St. Felix Avenue

Cypress Avenue Station

A station here on the Bay Ridge Line opened in 1883, with the name changed to Ridgewood in 1884 and to Cypress Avenue Station in 1891. The bridge is an 85-foot steel stringer built in 1913. There is a bricked-in arch in the bridge wall that seems to have been a stairway up to the station platform. A picture from 1914 shows the elevated line through the area with no station house and, presumably, an at-grade boarding area.

Cypress Avenue Bridge
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Cypress Avenue Bridge
BIN 7705180
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BIN 7705180
Gas pipeline under the bridge
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Gas pipeline under the bridge
Bricked-in stairway leading up to the old station platform?
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Bricked-in stairway leading up to the old station platform?
Cypress Avenue Bridge viewed from the west
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Cypress Avenue Bridge viewed from the west
Art Deco warehouse - 1626-1630 Cody Street, south of Cypress
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Art Deco warehouse - 1626-1630 Cody Street, south of Cypress
Art Deco warehouse
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Art Deco warehouse
Art Deco warehouse
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Art Deco warehouse
Art Deco warehouse
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Art Deco warehouse
Art Deco warehouse
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Art Deco warehouse
Art Deco warehouse
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Art Deco warehouse
Art Deco warehouse
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Art Deco warehouse
Seneca Avenue Bridge (BIN 7705170?)
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Seneca Avenue Bridge (BIN 7705170?)
Hopper cars parked on the Seneca Avenue Bridge
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Hopper cars parked on the Seneca Avenue Bridge
1913 year marker on trestle
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1913 year marker on trestle
Seneca Avenue Bridge
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Seneca Avenue Bridge
Old houses along St. Felix Avenue
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Old houses along St. Felix Avenue
PS 68
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PS 68
PS 68
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PS 68
60th Street at St. Felix Avenue
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60th Street at St. Felix Avenue
Evergreen Park
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Evergreen Park
Evergreen Park
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Evergreen Park
Art deco seating stands in Evergreen Park
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Art deco seating stands in Evergreen Park
Row houses on 60th Place
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Row houses on 60th Place
Row houses on 60th Place
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Row houses on 60th Place
Row houses on 75th Avenue
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Row houses on 75th Avenue
The 75th Avenue Bridge (BIN 7705160?)
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The 75th Avenue Bridge (BIN 7705160?)
Broken Jersey barrier near curve under the 75th Ave. Bridge
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Broken Jersey barrier near curve under the 75th Ave. Bridge
Box cars parked on the 75th Ave. Bridge
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Box cars parked on the 75th Ave. Bridge
1913 mark on trestle
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1913 mark on trestle
75th Avenue Bridge
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75th Avenue Bridge
Row houses on 75th Avenue
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Row houses on 75th Avenue
Row houses on 75th Avenue at 60th Lane
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Row houses on 75th Avenue at 60th Lane
Rusting cornice on 75th Avenue
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Rusting cornice on 75th Avenue
Sidewalk and retaining wall on 60th Lane
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Sidewalk and retaining wall on 60th Lane

Myrtle Avenue Station

The Bay Ridge Line had a stop at Myrtle Avenue that opened in 1893. While there is no trace of it now, there is quite a bit of forested clearance on both sides of the tracks that would probably leave room for new subway platforms. The bridge is a 114-foot steel stringer built in 1913. As with Cypress Avenue, there was a short platform between the east- and west-bound tracks reached via a staircase from street level. aRRts-Archives had photos from when the station was active but I couldn't find any traces of the old staircase.

Myrtle Avenue Bridge (BIN 7705150)
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Myrtle Avenue Bridge (BIN 7705150)
Myrtle Avenue Bridge
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Myrtle Avenue Bridge
Myrtle Avenue Bridge
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Myrtle Avenue Bridge
Billboard with no respece for the date marker
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Billboard with no respece for the date marker
Myrtle Avenue businesses west of the bridge
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Myrtle Avenue businesses west of the bridge
Fresh Pond Road north of Myrtle Avenue
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Fresh Pond Road north of Myrtle Avenue
Retaining wall on east side of tracks
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Retaining wall on east side of tracks
Retaining wall on east side of tracks
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Retaining wall on east side of tracks

The Cypress Hills Street bridge is an othewise unremarkable 78-foot steel stringer bridge from 1913, except for some piers running along the west side. They may have served as the elevated portion of a siding as there are siding rails poking out of the pavement a few hundred feet to the north. The piers now serve as parking place dividers in the parking lot of Glenridge Mews, an upscale apartment building housed in the old Philip Dietz Coal Company Building

Cypress Hills Street Bridge
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Cypress Hills Street Bridge
BIN 7705140
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BIN 7705140
Old insulators on the trestle?
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Old insulators on the trestle?
1913 date marker
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1913 date marker
Erika and Teri Buchmiller's flag painting from 9/1/1980
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Erika and Teri Buchmiller's flag painting from 9/1/1980
Cypress Hills Street Bridge
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Cypress Hills Street Bridge
Elevated siding piers?
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Elevated siding piers?
Glenridge Mews
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Glenridge Mews
Glenridge Mews
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Glenridge Mews
Philip Dietz Coal Company
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Philip Dietz Coal Company
Glenridge Mews
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Glenridge Mews
Vestigial siding rails in Shaler Avenue
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Vestigial siding rails in Shaler Avenue
Low-rise storage garages along the east side of the track on Shaler Avenue
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Low-rise storage garages along the east side of the track on Shaler Avenue
Storage garages
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Storage garages
R and M Auto Repairs
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R and M Auto Repairs
Row houses on Shaler Avenue
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Row houses on Shaler Avenue

Fresh Ponds Station / Bushwick Junction

At 65th Street, the track splits into two branches before entering the Fresh Ponds Yard and meets the east-west LIRR Montauk Branch. Originally, the Bay Ridge Line turned to the west here with stops at Maspeth, Haberman and Penny Bridge before terminating in Long Island City. A separate freight branch forked at Maspeth to procede past a number of industrial customers before ending at the Bushwick Terminal.

Later, the portion of the Bay Ridge Branch to Long Island City became part of the City Terminal Zone, providing service from Long Island City, through the Fresh Ponds Yard on east to Jamaica for transfer to other Long Island destinations.

To the north, the freight line continues as the New York Connecting Railroad, ultimately leading to the Hell Gate Bridge which provides the only direct rail link between Long Island and the U.S. mainland.

The Circumferential Line is proposed pass through the yard headed north on the NYC Connecting Railroad line. While a "Fresh Ponds" station could conceivably be placed near the 65th Street Bridge, such a station might be too close to the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line (M Train) Fresh Pond Road stations to justify the additional expense.

For a detailed overview of the Fresh Ponds rail yard (with diagrams and historic photos), visit aRRt's aRRchives and TrainsAreFun.com.

65th Street Bridges
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65th Street Bridges
West span of the 65th Street Bridge
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West span of the 65th Street Bridge
East span of the 65th Street Bridge
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East span of the 65th Street Bridge
More storage garages on Otto Road
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More storage garages on Otto Road
Service access drive up to tracks
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Service access drive up to tracks
Service access drive up to tracks
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Service access drive up to tracks
Businesses to the east of Fresh Ponds Yard
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Businesses to the east of Fresh Ponds Yard
Tree-lined single family homes on 65th Place
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Tree-lined single family homes on 65th Place
Laundry behind row houses on 75th Avenue
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Laundry behind row houses on 75th Avenue
Glen Ridge Park - west of Fresh Ponds Yard
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Glen Ridge Park - west of Fresh Ponds Yard
Glen Ridge Park - large rail bridge obscured by trees
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Glen Ridge Park - large rail bridge obscured by trees
Glen Ridge Park
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Glen Ridge Park
BMT Myrtle Ave. Line (M Train) passing Glen Ridge Park
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BMT Myrtle Ave. Line (M Train) passing Glen Ridge Park

The Fresh Pond railyard is not readily accessible to civilians, however the New York Connecting Railroad bridge over the LIRR Montauk Branch is briefly visible from the M Train right before the M Train terminates at the Metropolitan Avenue station. The bridge was built in 1916 along with the NYCRR and supposedly is unusually long because the LIRR didn't want the bridge infringing on any of their right of way.

12 Glendale
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12 Glendale
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