Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The naked trestle

Forest Hills 72 reports that the ever-present car wash signs on the abandoned railroad trestle over Metropolitan Avenue at Alderton Street are now history:

Wash out

You'll be happy to know, they're gone. Just a bare trestle remains, which is 1000 times better than these low-rent eyesores straight out of Rt. 1 in Bridgeport.

Thanks to whoever was responsible.

10 comments:

Trilby said...

That's nice, but the car wash continues to block the public sidewalk in the front of their business and goop it up with oily waxy puddles.

Is a business allowed to userp public property? I doubt it. Why doesn't someone make them stop.

Anonymous said...

Getting rid of that sign and that bowling alley was the best thing to ever happen to the area.

Anonymous said...

Will there be a new ad to replace the old one?

Anonymous said...

Wow. Those signs had been up at least since I was a kid, and I'm 31.

Still can't say I'll miss them.

Anonymous said...

Now if only that railroad right of way could become a pedestrian park, a la the High Line...

Eh, never happen nin the dreaded Outer Boros...

Jason in Kew Gardens said...

I'd rather they reinstate some manner of rail service.

Anonymous said...

Trilby is correct about the sidewalk issue; people can't get by, old folks have to detour, ditto folks pushing strollers, and everyone else carryng bags of groceries...it is just wrong. Oh, and now there's a fruit vendor under the trestle on the FH volunteer ambulance side. What next. BTW, maybe they are getting a new sign; are you sure it is down for good?

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? If they reinstate that dead railroad, the value of all the homes even remotely near it will crap out. Plus there are no stops/stations anyway, so whats the point? Some things re better off dead. Think of all that noise....

Jason in Kew Gardens said...

"Are you kidding? If they reinstate that dead railroad, the value of all the homes even remotely near it will crap out. Plus there are no stops/stations anyway, so whats the point? Some things re better off dead. Think of all that noise...."

Some of the stations have been torn down, but the land is still layed out in a manner which new buildings could be erected with relative ease. The Woodhaven Blvd. & Ozone Park stations are still mostly intact, and just need a good scrubbing. And yes, I'm sure most people would not be pleased about having a railroad running through their backyard, however I feel the benefits would far outweigh the sound issue. Not trying to sound obnoxious, but the city potentially reutilizing this transit corridor is something that should have been taken into serious consideration when purchasing a home along it. Shortly after service on the Rockaway Branch ended, Moses was already plotting to squeeze a highway (somehow) down this route.

http://www.nycroads.com/roads/bushwick/

See "NORTH ROUTE".

For more pictures and great information about the Rockaway Branch, see the below link.

http://www.oldnyc.com/
rockaway/contents/rockaway.html

(Can't post a full link for some reason, just close the space.)

Jason in Kew Gardens said...

Whoops. Laid, not layed. Pardon me.