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Re: LIRR East Side Access / Roosevelt Island F Station

Posted by Hart Bus on Mon Oct 22 17:56:03 2007, in response to Re: LIRR East Side Access / Roosevelt Island F Station, posted by Broadway Lion on Mon Oct 22 16:54:00 2007.

You are referring to what was known as the "Upside Down Building" because when you entered it from the QB you were on Floor #1 and the floor #'s rose as you descended to the ground floor. Hence the name.

I used to see the building everytime I went on the lower level of the bridge. I don't know if it was a warehouse or just a covering around an elevator shaft. The elevator was a huge one that not only brought cars, but fully loaded tractor trailer trucks down to bring provisions to Goldwater Memorial Hospital and one or two other buildings on the island. They, like the building are long gone.

Originally the trolley cars ran on what is now the outside lanes of the bridge and there was a break in the side of the northernmost traffic lane so the vehicles could turn into the staging area prior to getting onto the elevator or turning into the Manhattan bound traffic. The trolley stopped there to allow employees to get off to go to work.

Seveeral years after the building was torn down and trolley service had ceased, the lanes were converted to automobile use.

It would be extremely cost prohibitive to re-establish this building. To go to such an expense for a privleged few is ridiculous.

Don't these people know about the Q-102 if they want to avoid crowds. Perhaps they can persuade MTA bus to have two or three rush hour buses go over the QB to 2nd and 60th Street ?


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