There appear to be two sets of el structures, upper and lower. The upper set had three tracks, before it was dosmantled. That rules out the intersection of the Fulton St & 5th Ave els. I'll say it's the 2nd Ave el at 34th St.
What is throwing me off are those 2 white striped el pillars in the foreground. I thought they might have supported the 34th St shuttle structure under 2nd Ave. OK, another guess: 2nd Ave el in the area of 65th and 66th Streets?
I had a couple of drinking buddies who were iron workers and as is often the case also Mohawks who seem to be rather adept at working at heights (nothing racist intended). They would talk about how on payday, they would slide down ropes from many stories on a building under construction to get to the office and get their pay.
I had a couple of drinking buddies who were iron workers and as is often the case also Mohawks who seem to be rather adept at working at heights (nothing racist intended). They would talk about how on payday, they would slide down ropes from many stories on a building under construction to get to the office and get their pay and this is contemporary, OSHA notwithstanding.
I was reading an article somewhere about that and it seems that only the northeastern Indians like Mohawks and Onondagas had that propensity for scaling high places. The plains Indians and other tribes didn’t seem to share that gift.
Well, I waited to see WHO would find the location -- but I KNOW exactly where it is. Should I reveal ? Oh well, OK
This view is looking north from E. 96th Street along 2nd Avenue and the demolition of the 2nd Ave El in Manhattan, in late 1940. At the right is the recent former carbarn of the Metropolitan Street Railway Co. streetcars (conduit operated). The streetcars had run under the 2nd Ave EL. The carbarn is located (or was) between E.96th to E. 97th Street, and heads east one whole block to 1st Avenue. In distance is seen the E. 99th Street local station of the EL. The EL started to rise high around E. 89th Street and continued that way towards 99th street and a bit beyond..
If I recall, that carbarn remained up well into the 1950s. Sometime circa 1955, I had an interest in construction and demolition equipment and my father and i went down to that area one afternoon to see the wrecking ball demolishing what was just described as an “old trolley car barn” that was being razed to make way for an improvement being made to the FDR Drive.
that one was an easy one for me -- I spotted the neighborhood immediately (96th St & 2nd Ave)
The 2nd Ave El was built by a separate company than was the 3rd Ave El. Thus is stronger and different structure construction - using mostly phoenix round steel EL columns and very heavy cross girder spans.
It was desired to keep the tracks as level as possible throughout the lines route -- as to why so many sections of the EL were so high because the street dipped lower (hills and valleys, so to speak. Unlike the Manhattan 3rd Ave EL (my "EL") that followed the hills and dips of 3rd Avenue. I remember the old IRT EL trains of MUDC's and Q types groaning and whining under full power with full passenger loads to get up the 8 blocks long hill northbound from E. 76th Street Local EL Station to the E. 84th Street Local Station - the hill that ended at the south end of the 84th St Station platforms ! I lived right at that area. Anyway, glad to have helped solve the location.