Elevated Trains New Utrecht Ave 56th St Millers Restaurant Brooklyn NYC 1978 Fisheye Minolta SRT-102

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    Elevated Train Line along New Utrecht Avenue and 56th Street. Brooklyn, NY. Elevated train superstructures, this one built in 1917, tend to create an "other worldly" atmosphere beneath it. For us photographically-minded, it forms a cornicopia of light-play with it's fantastic, created shadow world. We in NYC and other cities that can be counted on maybe one and a half hands are spoiled: 99.7% of cities don't have ELs at all, so here I am appreciating that fact. Streets nearby that have had their ELs removed, now look horribly boring and are "sunbleached" mercilessly after almost a century of cool, protective shadow. I speak of 36th Street, the Culver Line, razed in the late 80s. A damnable shame it was to destroy it. Scanned from a print. Minolta XE-7 with 16mm fisheye.

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    1. cpstar525 50 months ago | reply

      I don't get it! I lived on 56th and 14th in the 50's and early 60's and at that time 56th street had traffic running in the opposite direction then is shown in this picture. Is that possible? By the way, back in my time, the "Miller's Restaurant" in this picture was our butcher shop, called Hymies.

    2. Whiskeygonebad 50 months ago | reply

      56th st: No. The pic is high contrast - are you sure you are seeing it correctly? The traffic goes left to right - East. (my home street, 57th st is the other way - West) My family lived in 2 place 5 blocks apart from 1927. The only street directions that changed were the 2 avenues: 13th and 14th both from a 2-way to a 1-way. 13 > South & 14th > North. It was supposed to alleviate traffic. Of course it made no difference and at times it made it worse. The accidents would also occur at higher speed. Cool.
      Millers was on the other side of 56th and from what you are telling me, their future place had been a butcher's store. I/we can ask the son of the owner here.....

      Millers has a FB page of course:

    3. NFKnott 27 months ago | reply

      Tony, I remember a butcher shop around there -- "Phil, the Butcher." My brother, Andrew, delivered on a bicycle for the shop, and Phil would therefore give my mother good prices on the rare occasions when she got, "real," meat instead of the facsimile thereof sold at supermarkets.

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