"EL" STATION, 9TH AVENUE LINE, CHRISTOPHER STREET, MANHATTAN.

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Berenice Abbott

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"El" Station, 9th Avenue Line, Christopher Street, Manhattan.

Vintage silver gelatin photograph, 1936.
8 x 10" (20.3 x 25.3 cm) contact print.
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 94675
Price: $6,500.00
Publisher :
The first elevated built in Manhattan was the Ninth Avenue elevated. It opened for operation on July 1, 1868. It was an experimental railway run on a cable system in a loop from Battery Place to Cortland Street. Although deemed a success, the system was full of problems: mechanical and legal. It was expanded to 29th Street with goals to Spuyten Duyvil. It closed in 1870 and was sold at auction for $960. In 1871 the transit commissioners granted permission for the Ninth Avenue Elevated to use steam trains and on April 20, 1871, steam train service began on the Ninth Avenue Elevated with two stops: Dey Street and 29th Street. A few months later the new company defaulted on its mortgages and the company was reorganized. In 1872 the New York Elevated Railroad Company took over the operation. Steam engines were used until electrical operation began in 1903. On June 11, 1940, service ended south of 145th Street and on August 31, 1958, service ended north of 145th Street.Printed on heavy paper c.1938. Inscribed on verso "El" Station, 9th Avenue Line, Christopher Street, Manhattan. : 6/18/36 : [Neg #] 137 : [Code] II A-2.f.2." Stamped verso "Federal Art Project 'Changing New York' photographs by Berenice Abbott." 20th Century Subjects , New York City , Manhattan - Downtown

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