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This is a handsomely produced paperback of vivid photos and old-timers' reminiscences of the Third Avenue Elevated trains that dominated the skyline of Manhattan and the Bronx. Its 200+ full-color photos are mostly from the years shortly before the El was abandoned in 1953 — divided between pictures of the trains and stations, and the urban life that teemed under and around them. The pictures show neighborhoods filled with mom-and-pop stores, among them a striking number of bars and pawn shops. Street life is well chronicled, and most East Side landmarks (e.g., the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings) feature prominently. Some of the most dramatic photos show the demolition of the elevated structures. The book will appeal to amateur (and maybe professional) historians of New York city's general history and culture, as well as to railroad and mass-transit buffs. The book has the endorsement of the New York City Transit Museum and The Bronx County Historical Society. (It was the subway and elevated train system that directly led to the development of The Bronx by making the remote borough accessible to the business center of New York, downtown.) Joe Franklin, the venerable nostaglist to whose radio program nearly every New Yorker used to listen faithfully, wrote an introduction. So did officials of the transit museum and Bronx historical society. The photos have all been newly digitized and restored to their original vivid colors.

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ISBN-13: 9780977722013
Publisher: Business Publications Incorporated NY
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Edition description: REV
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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By the El: Third Avenue and Its el at Mid-Century 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jamie638 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a unique collection of color photographs taken in the early 50's before the el was torn down. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves NYC history or its trains.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As described shipped quick. Love the book...lived my childhood by the El and still love to hear the clickety clack of trains.
oshea41 More than 1 year ago
If you love New York and love NYC transit you have to get this book. Color pictures of Manhattan's last remaining 'el' the 3rd avenue which last ran in 1955. The pictures of the cars, stations, ornamentation etc. is absolutely fantastic. You will pick this book up again and again and wish you could climb into another time.