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Re: Hillside Avenue Widening between 218th and 229th for Road Underpass and Subway Extension + Track Map

Posted by randyo on Fri Aug 10 14:27:42 2018, in response to Re: Hillside Avenue Widening between 218th and 229th for Road Underpass and Subway Extension + Track Map, posted by Dan on Fri Aug 10 11:44:59 2018.

Well, there definitely diagrams of the subway infrastructure as planned under Pitkin Av east of the concrete bulkhead which is about the same as the drawings of the Hillside Av extension. As I have mentioned in my other posts, in the 1930s, Pitkin Ave ended at the Bkln/Queens border and at some point was through routed with Old South Rd to make Pitkin continuous which is why Pitkin curves slightly south at approximately 79 St. Based on what the city did during the construction of the IND by through routing 6 Ave from W 3 St to Canal St in Manhattan and the tearing sown of buildings to widen Houston St and Church St to facilitate subway construction, I suspect that the same was done to Pitkin Av as preparation for the extension of the IND east of Euclid. I checked some of the NYC archives for photos of the area and I was only able to find photos from 1930 and then from 1950. The 1930 photo shows Pitkin ending at the Bkln/Qns border and the 1950 photo shows Pitkin going through so sometime in that 20 year period, Pitkin was through routed which would have made subway construction ion the area easier.

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