The ironic thing is that you can’t catch a train here. Yet.
The Sunnyside Yard opened in 1910, and was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The rail complex was the largest coach yard on Earth back then, occupying some 192 acres which carried nearly 26 miles of track that could accommodate a thousand train cars. In modern times, the busiest rail junction in the United States is found here, called the Harold Interlocking.
A fantastic overview of the history of rail in Long Island City — with maps — can be found at the website trainsarefun.com.
The Sunnyside Yard tends to insulate Long Island City from the rest of western Queens, forcing its residential and business traffic to pass through and around narrow or crowded choke points like Queens Plaza. Its borders are defined by Jackson Avenue and Northern Boulevard to the north, while the southern border is found along Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside. In the east, it’s 48th Street and the west border is 21st Street.
There’s a reason I use a lot of adjectives when describing the place — ones like “gargantuan,” “cyclopean,” or — a noun — “titan.” (more…)
Or maybe this guy was just a regular old LIRR fare jumper who thought it better to get on top of the train than stowaway in the bathroom.
Whatever the reason, commuter Boruch Nemtzov, 28, was awaiting his train at the Forest Hills LIRR station when he spotted a guy lying face down on top of a passing train, NYDN reports. “Maybe he was trying to beat a $20 fare,” Nemtzov quipped to the paper. Since the most recent fare increase in March, a peak hours round-trip ride from Manhattan to Forest Hills costs $16.
MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said the man—whose photo was snapped as he passed through the Forest Hills station—is still at large, though officials are “working to find the individual” since train surfing is “obviously illegal.”
How often does this occur, anyway? “I’ve been working here since ’07, and this is the first time I’ve recalled this happening on the LIRR or Metro North,” Donovan said.
We do understand that making the decision of which way to go will be rough. People have different visions of what the future of the area should look like and what interests should be served. Also, on a more here and now level, some of the rail line passes through commercial areas, some through Forest Park, while a majority passes by private backyards, e.g. privacy advocates and public access advocates have at it! (more…)
Here is a roundup of properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week – three co-ops and a condo in Flushing, LIC, Elmhurst, and Bayside.
36-34 172nd St, Flushing, NY 11358 (GMAP) - This 1 bed/1 bath co-op in the Auburndale section of Flushing is priced at $115,000. It is located on the upper level and has a low maintenance fee. The kitchen has a new stove and there is a dishwasher. It’s about a half mile from the Auburndale LIRR station (Port Washington line), and convenient to the Clearview Expressway. It’s also a little under a mile to beautiful Bowne Park. It’s a very leafy area.
The Regional Plan Association reports that the East Side Access (ESA) project means good news for homeowners nearby – the Association concludes via a studythat the 587,000 households in both Queens (191,000 in eastern Queens) and Long Island (314,000 in Nassau County and 82,500 in western Suffolk County) will see their home values increase by an average of $7,300 because of the construction of the ESA. The cumulative increase is $4.7 billion.