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The East New York Tunnel was built in 1914 as part of the Long Island Railroad’s grade crossing elimination project. The East New York tunnel is 3,900 feet long and was constructed utilizing the cut and cover method.

The tunnel has four portals. At one time, the tunnel contained the East New York station for the LIRR Bay Ridge branch. You can see remnants of the station platform in between the two rightmost portals. The tunnel was designed to efficiently service local passenger service (via the East New York Platform) and also service freight operations (the two leftmost portals). The train from which this photo was taken was located on the freight tracks.



The BMT L Canarsie Line elevated subway train structure hovers high above the Bay Ridge branch ROW. As you will see in the following photographs, the Canarsie Line runs about a mile or so along the Bay Ridge Branch ROW.



The Canarsie Line runs along the left of the ROW. Several street crossings were elevated during the LIRR Grade Elimination Project in 1917. Typical LIRR engineered street overpasses line the ROW.

If you want to see some old pictures of the LIRR Grade Elimination crossing in action, please visit Paul Matus’ excellent site Rapidtranist.net. His site contains "Reports of the Brooklyn Grade Crossing Elimination Commission". Pictures, maps, and historical descriptions are provided at this link.



A close-up view of the Canarsie Line. Notice the large cement support pillars that support the steel stanchions. A retaining wall marks the property line for the Canarsie Line and the Bay Ridge Branch.



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