Bowery Bay Junction
Starting at 32nd Avenue many of the two-lane streets are crossed with concrete arch bridges. Some of the arches are in pretty dire shape.
The NYCCRR splits into two branches at Bowery Bay Junction around 28th Street in Astoria. The western branch heads into Sunnyside Yards and Penn station. The eastern branch is the one we've been following that heads south to connect with the Bay Ridge Line at the Fresh Pond Yards.
Boulevard Gardens is a 963-unit complex designed by T.H. Engelhardt in 1933 in concert with landscape architect C.N. Lowrie. The complex was built as part of Roosevelt's New Deal initiative and opened in 1935. When I visited in 2008 it was run as a Co-Op.
28th Avenue might be a good place for a station before the line has to deal with additional Amtrak traffic coming from Penn Station. There is plenty of surrounding right-of-way for platforms. It is, however, a bit close to the IND Queens Boulevard (G/R/V trains) and if the objective is adding access to underserved areas, placement of a station a bit further north might be preferable.
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