Monday, January 25, 2010

There Goes More Brooklyn History; Old Trolley Tracks Dug Up, Thrown Out

The trolley tracks leading towards Fulton Ferry Landing shown in this historic photo (courtesy of the Fulton Ferry Landing Assoc.) are being dug up and discarded by workers at the end of Old Fulton Street, according to a story in the Brooklyn Paper.

Preservationists and trolley fans are fuming, but the city doesn't think it's a big deal. While the city claims they just found one disassociated section of track, workers talking to the Brooklyn Paper said, “The tracks are all over the place. We have been removing big sections all day.”

Historically, Fulton Ferry Landing was a major terminus for trolleys in Brooklyn:

The above is from the Brooklyn Eagle, Jan 27, 1889.

So many thousands of riders took the trolley to the ferry landing that the tracks wore out and had to be replaced in 1902.

The above was published in the Brooklyn Eagle on April 2, 1902.

Bob Diamond is quoted as saying, “The tracks must still have at least 25 years of use in them . . . The asphalt is a pretty good preservative. The ones on Old Fulton Street being removed could be used to restore trolley service in Downtown Brooklyn.” Diamond's Brooklyn Historic Railway Association is rebuilding a trolley from Red Hook to Downtown Brooklyn.

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Anonymous said...

This is the same thing they did on Washington Street, aka Cadman Plaza East, from Tillary to Johnson Street, when they redid the paving in front of the new Courthouse/Post Office. Into the dumpster with them, sigh...

—Andrew Porter

Junkman said...

Nice Report. Thanks for information.

Anonymous said...

The city tore up the thousands and thousands of belgian blocks that made up the huge creekside plaza at the top of manhattan avenue in Greenpoint (used as a parking lot for the small industries there) and put down asphalt. They then congratulated themselves with a sign saying how the plaza had been redesigned, and Bloomers signed off on it. Thank you, not.