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Re: Nighttime Shot of 3rd Ave El at 67th Street (1953)

Posted by JOE @ NYCMTS - NYCTMG on Fri Dec 1 09:10:04 2017, in response to Re: Nighttime Shot of 3rd Ave El at 67th Street (1953), posted by Express Rider on Thu Nov 30 23:04:39 2017.

Hello Express Rider

That is the magical mystical aura of being young and growing up back then in a big city with such a (and relatively ancient then) vast transportation system.

Additional, as being young, everything is a wonderful (most times, heh) adventure, mystery, experience, event, to us -- and was to be -- and to be recalled. The EL to me was this massive even in my time ancient looking steel and wood "endless" (seemingly) serpentine line. Even more exciting was to just walk out my building, up the block 50 feet - up the ancient stairs to the EL and for a dime (and soon 15 cents) ride the EL downtown and to the top of the Bronx.

As I became a familiar fixture and thus became sort of "buddies" with the far much older (generally old IRISH) token clerks at my station (numerous times I did their coffee and soda runs to the adjacent soda shop for them) -- they let me duck under the thunka-daaaa-clunk heavy turnstile arms to ride the El trains for free !! A great deal at the time for me - especially as I at times had my uncle's 35mm camera at the time loaded with film provided by him for me!! The EL became my friend, my adventure seeker, my personal chariot thru Manhattan & Bronx -- with all its sounds, sights, aromas, myriad of tracks and switches\, junctions (especially mysterious "abandoned" one and tracks, heh) , hump express stations, double decked and alley running sections in S. Bronx -- and SAFE, CIVILIZED AND SECURE to ride. The worst you saw a few rare times on the 3rd Ave El, was a "bum" sitting on a seat snoozing in the corner of the EL car.

But WHAT A RIDE all upstairs, outside, high above the streets, -- from Chatham Square or City Hall to Gun Hill Road and back -- oh, to be able to do that again, back then..... and visit the neighborhoods the way they were back then ---

Regards - Joe F

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