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3rd Avenue El

A short film made in the early 1950s about the elevated rail line that traveled from the base of Manhattan, up the Bowery and 3rd Avenue, to Gun Hill Road in the Bronx.

New Yorkers, how many places do you recognize as they zoom by? What brewery was that on 3rd Avenue?

The characters are an arty type, a drunk, a little girl, a young couple, and the drama or plot, such as it is, revolves around a nickel stuck in the wooden floorboards of the train (also notice the padded seats). The main characters here are really the subway and the city.

(via The Prelinger Archives)

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5 comments on “3rd Avenue El

  1. david galbraith says:

    Dare I say it… more interesting than the High Line

    1. Jim says:

      If you look at the page for this film on Archive.org, people have nothing but good things to say about this squealing, roaring monstrosity that rattled their windows and darkened the sidewalks beneath.

  2. sallie parker says:

    Only slumdwellers and struggling actors lived beside the 3rd Ave El. It was torn down suddenly in May 55 to avoid prolonged protests by Mike Quill and the TWU. The Rockefellers owned much of the real estate nearby and this old thing was depressing property values.

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