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Re: NY Post: L train almost eliminated?

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Mon Feb 27 11:43:44 2012, in response to Re: NY Post: L train almost eliminated?, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Mon Feb 27 08:17:30 2012.

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Here's an illustration of the "Ridgewood Quirk".



The Purple line is the current Brooklyn-Queens Border in the new (well many decades old) zig zag border, which is a much cleaner border than the original diagonal one which cut through blocks and homes.

The Green line is the original Brooklyn-Queens border that cut diagnally down blocks and through homes (border approximate, see historic map at bottom for actual, which shows north on the left).

The Orange Line is the Ridgewood-Glendale border is the NY Connecting RR (moved over because I didn't want to double over the other lines, but the railroad tracks are that border).

The Blue line is the quirky remnant of the Brooklyn post office that used to serve the area (even though in queens. The blue border is Forest Ave on the left, the LIRR Montauk Branch on the top, the Ridgewood-Glendale border (NY Connecting RR) tracks on the right, and Myrtle Ave on the bottom. This is the area that jumps the address numbers from the Brooklyn 1X-XX sequence to the Queens 60-XX sequence of address numbers. The jump is noticable as you cross Forest Ave where you go from 19-XX on one side of Forest to 60-XX on the other as the numbers leave the Brooklyn sequence and enter the Queens sequence. I don't know why Forest is where this happens.
Catalpa Ave is one of the exceptions to this, as it keeps the Queens numbers on both sides of Forest Ave.

The Red line is the other Ridgewood quirk. In this area, it's the only part of Ridgewood, which lost it's original street names to the Queens numbering system. Why the rest of Ridgewood kept it's names is because Ridgewood was served out of the Brooklyn post office, even though in queens. It's unclear why this area within the red zone lost it's old original names to the QUeens system. This border is the M line on the top, the Ridgewood-Glendale border (railroad tracks) on the right, Myrtle AVe on the bottom, and Forest Ave on the left. In this section, the streets were changed to the Queens numbering system when that happened, while the rest of Ridgewood was spared. Again Catalpa Ave is an exception.

Below, please see an original map showing the original Brooklyn Queens border, which would be the approximate green line on my map. Note that north is on the left. The area called "East Williamsburg" is what is known as Ridgewood today.



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