OldNYC.com contributor Harry Hassler, this used to be an old foot bridge
that once carried pedestrians over the Cross Harbor Railroad's tracks in
the area by the float bridge.
A closer view of the abandoned walkway. Notice the old lamppost that once guided pedestrians over the bridge at night. Another infrastructure relic of the past.
"L.B. Foster Co. - New York, Houston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Atlanta" - I wonder if this company was a prominent rail manufacturer back in the day.
Stepping out of the yard, and on to First Avenue, the cement breaks in the street are the spur tracks from the CHRR to some of the industrial buildings that line the eastern wye of First Avenue. A chain-link fence lines the eastern perimeter of the yard, and there is only one section of fence that is open that allows trains to travel from the yard to a warehouse on First Avenue.
Peering back in to the yard, we see the Statue of Liberty watching over Upper Bay (and I suppose the Cross Harbor Railroad, if she can see that far!). As you may have seen if you took the Manhattan Hudson River Piers Virtual Tour at OldNYC.com, tugboat traffic and car float operations were once a big part of New York City's transportation infrastructure. Lady Liberty saw a lot of these types of operations over the years, but now just a small fraction of freight is transported by rail in New York City. Freight railroad companies like the Cross Harbor Railroad and the New York and Atlantic Railway hope to change this fact.
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