Picturing Sunset Park: Times Past


The blogger behind Sunsetparkour has put up several historical photos culled from the collection at Brooklyn Public Library. The Library has a trove of historical gems. So do local residents.

Henry sat in Tony’s Barber Shop on Fifth Avenue and reminisced about the Fifth Avenue El. The El used to snake from the Brooklyn Bridge down to 65th Street, running on Third Avenue for the last 30 blocks or so. The Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad opened in 1889, and ran for over 50 years.  Henry has lived in South Brooklyn all his life. He used to love the roller coaster ride the train offered each time it rumbled into the station.

Then, said Henry, they shut the El down, dismantled the metal structure, and sold the scrap to Japan. This was 1940.

Stories like that should stick around. What Sunset Park do you remember?


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