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Re: Question About Pre-1950 Rockaway Beach/Far Rockaway LIRR Service

Posted by murray1575 on Mon Feb 22 12:56:19 2021, in response to Re: Question About Pre-1950 Rockaway Beach/Far Rockaway LIRR Service, posted by ntrainride on Sat Feb 20 18:31:04 2021.

I wonder who has that telephone number (now 516-825-2300) today? The VAlley Stream 5 exchange still exists although the Verizon switch that serves it is actually located in Lynbrook. Before 1930 you dialed the first three digits of the exchange name and the four digit number when making local calls. There were no area codes before 1947 so you needed an operator to call anywhere outside your own local calling area. New York City's included some of the suburbs in Nassau and Westchester so when the phone company started running out of usable exchange names the system was expanded by using a 2L-5N format. Most of the old exchanges in New York still exist today in the digital world although the old panel switches that once served them have long since been melted down for scrap. Also the Curtiss Field which is mentioned in the ad is now the site of the Green Acres Mall. The train takes longer to get to Valley Stream and Gibson from NYP or Brooklyn these days but the ride is more comfortable and a lot safer than in the days when the MP54 cars ruled the LIRR.


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