104th Street Curve, New York, Elevated ('El') Railway 1899





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Uploaded on Mar 4, 2009

Filmed ca. late March to mid-April 1899.
Edison Manufacturing Co.
Producer: James H. White

The Ninth Avenue IRT Elevated was extended up the avenue by 1891. The next southbound stop from 104th Street in Manhattan Valley was 99th Street. The next northbound stop was 110th Street. This had a view of the ''Suicide Curve'' at 110th Street. The lower level was built first and had two tracks and two side platforms and served local trains. The upper level was built as part of the 'Dual Contracts' and had one track that served express trains that bypassed this station. The rebuilding project was extended all the way north to 116th St., creating Manhattan's first three-track elevated, although center-track express service did not begin until 1916. The 9th Ave 'El' was over 100 feet above the street at "Suicide Curve", which made a 90-degree turn east from 9th Ave onto 110th St. (Cathedral Parkway) then a turn north from 110th St. onto 8th Avenue. The line ran until it was closed on July 11, 1940 and dismantled, following the extension of the Eighth Avenue subway under Central Park West.

Original description from Edison film catalog:
Taken from the front platform of a special train run backward over this celebrated 'S' curve. Not only are the passing trains and crowded platforms of great interest, but the view of uptown New York is an excellent one, showing acre upon acre of roofs, towers, steeples and towering apartment houses. As the 'special' slows up at 92nd street, a Harlem express dashes by, the engineer leaning out of his cab, and waving a good-bye.

Recommended reading:
Subway City / Riding the Trains, Reading New York
- Michael W. Brooks

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