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Neat shot of the (7) line under construction in 1917...


duelingdragons

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Up till this point, queens was basically farms, dotted with a few villages, and the settlements along the north and south shores. Electric train service from connecting trains in NJ (manhattan transfer) had started operating just 5 years earlier & sunnyside yard is just off the top/left of the photo.

 

I like how you can see the curve off in the distance.

 

- A

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Up till this point, queens was basically farms, dotted with a few villages, and the settlements along the north and south shores. Electric train service from connecting trains in NJ (manhattan transfer) had started operating just 5 years earlier & sunnyside yard is just off the top/left of the photo.

 

I like how you can see the curve off in the distance.

 

- A

 

So how long before Queens became a city?

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So how long before Queens became a city?

 

It was never, it was simply added to NYC with the unification in the late 1800's. Queens county mainly added its population from this date onwards, heavily in the 20's and then again in the 40's. It was selected for the first world's fair in 1938 because of the open land still around then + location of adjacent railroad tracks. Ever wonder why willets point stations are so huge, it's because of the world's fair.

 

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I wonder what the justifications were for building stations where they are....

 

Agreed, someone either had very good foresight or just hoped that some businesses/residences would pop up along the el.

 

A better question is, why didn't they just build the el all the way strait thru Queens, but have it go northbound?

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