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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Downtown Brooklyn Trolley Map - 1912-1920

Source:  B. Linder, New York Division Bulletin, Vol. 21, No. 8, August 1978, page 2.

   Since last week I posted a fine video by Roger Arcara showing Brooklyn Elevated Lines, which in that video, the area just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, which is known as Downtown Brooklyn, was shown in detail with some passing shots of streetcars on the surface and other streetcars entering the elevated structure near Sands Steet, I wanted to show that the streetcar layout in that area was also complex.  In the first map, which covers 1912-1920, shows when the streetcar layout was as its' peak.  This is before the IND subway reached downtown Brooklyn providing a one seat one fare ride to Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.  As will be seen in future posts, the streetcar layout will get less complex as new subway routes open up, operation is simplified, and as routes are converted to bus and trolleybus.  The last streetcar will pass through the area in 1951.  More to follow.  Thank you B. Linder

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