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[PHOTOS] Myrtle Ave "el" Comes Down (Myrtle & Flatbush)

Posted by Bill Newkirk on Thu Nov 9 16:14:56 2017

The last section of Brooklyn's famed "el" succumbed to acetylene torches in December 1970, the date of these photos. The greatest hurdle was the arched bridge over Flatbush Ave. To remove this, Flatbush Ave. was closed and traffic diverted. Twin cranes were used to lower the last section of steel as shown in the following photos:
Looking south on Myrtle Ave toward Jay St.

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A steel structure that hosted all types of wooden "el" cars and Q-Types surrenders to the scrappers torch

Twin cranes hold the massive steel structure while workmen's torches separate the structure from the steel pillars. Now the cranes in tandem will slowly lower the structure to the street so it can be cut up.

The structure is now resting on the street. Although the this span was lowered very slowly, when it touched the street, the ground shook. That's a lot of tonnage there.

Workmen cut up the billboard that once was attached to the structure.
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With the bilboard now off the structure, the structure will now be laid flat so the torch cutting can begin.

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Looking north up Flatbush Ave. Once all the cut up steel is removed, this thorofare will reopen to traffic.
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