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Friday, July 12, 2013

17th & 18th Street Crosstown (1907) - Manhattan

Source:  Linder, B. in New York Division Bulletin, Electric Railroaders' Association, Vol. 31, Number 8, August, 1988. p. 6.

This line started in either late 1874 or early 1874 and ended on February 14, 1919.  It was never converted to electricity and was always are horse car line.  Originally until 1904, it was really a crosstown line and went to the west side to the Christopher Street Ferry.  It was cut back as shown on the map.  Due to my posting mistake, the bottom of the map was truncated, and the real end is at 8th Street and University Place.  There was no track connection to the 8th Street Line and there was a double crossover north of 8th Street.  In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, 18th Street seems to have been a busy street.  There was originally an 18th Street station on the IRT subway at 18th Street and 4th Avenue (Park Avenue South).  This station was closed in 1948?  On the west side, there is currently an 18th Street station at 7th Avenue on the 7th Avenue subway.  It is a local stop.  18th Street is a typical one way narrow crosstown street.

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