Kids were getting a lot of tummy aches from unripe apples in the early 20th Century.The Hub’s building fronts and tall buildings hint at past glories.
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The elevated, once a symbol of progress, has passed into history.” 12-story tower on East 149th between 3rd and Courtlandt.
The stretch between Grand Concourse and Bergen Avenue is home to a number of office buildings dating to the mid-1920s.
The el was part of the neighborhood, like arteries pumping the life-blood of people on the move.
Even with its rattles and screeches the elevated had special charm, from its gingerbread style stations and stained glass windows to its quaint pot-bellied stoves and wooden turnstiles.
The skeletal structure cast its mysterious shadows; a criss-cross, spider web pattern to the cobblestone street below. It was complemented by the buildings along the route distinctive in their appearance with brick and ornate masonry, fire escapes, signs on the stores, water tanks on the roofs, and of course the cast-iron bishop’s crooks lampposts lining the sidewalks. Think of a detective yarn or a dark, brooding plot from a film noir and the stage is set.