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The Tuscarora Book of Forgotten Stations No.20 Cypress Hill Terminal and the Crescent Street Incline
Posted by IRTRedbirdR33 on Wed Jan 13 12:55:08 2021
(Ed.Note) The Forgotten Stations Express is on the move once again. We stopped at Evergreen Avenue for a few days but will now continue on to the station at Cypress Hills. Cypress Hills Terminal abutted the Cypress Hills Cemetery, the final destination for many railfans.
The Tuscarora Book of Forgotten Stations No. 20 – Cypress Hills Terminal and the Crescent Street Incline
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Elevated Railroad Company
Cypress Hills station served as the eastern terminal of the Lexington Avenue (Brooklyn) elevated line from May 30, 1893 to May 27, 1917. It was a two track station with a single island platform but a rather elaborate station house. The station was located on Crescent Street at the point where it crosses Jamaica Avenue. What was then the Lexington Avenue line became BRT Jamaica Line when it was extended to 111th Street on May 28, 1917 and 168th Street on July 3, 1918. A “new” Cypress Hills station was built on Jamaica Avenue at Hemlock Street and is still in service. The old station was demolished though some traces remain in the steelwork.
Crescent Street Incline opened on May 30, 1893 and closed on December 8, 1903.
It was located on Crescent Street just south of the Cypress Hills Terminal. It was a two track ramp that descended to street level and connected to the streetcars tracks on Jamaica Avenue. Jamaica Avenue was already a busy thoroughfare at this time with horse drawn and gasoline powered vehicle not to mention trolley cars. There simply was no room for the large el trains. The ramp itself may not have been removed until 1924.
Source: ERA New York Division Bulletin / April 1968 / article by Mr. David Rogoff
ERA New York Division Bulletin / April 1996 / article by Mr. Bernard Linder
(Note) The Crescent Street Incline should not be confused with the nearby Chestnut Street Incline. This incline permitted through operation between the BRT and the Long Island Railroad.