This small pier
is starting to fall apart because of years of weathering and exposure to
the polluted water in the creek. The steel support beams are very
rusted, and the cement is cracking in several places.
A view looking west in to the Long Island Railroad's Long Island City yard. Two tracks accommodate trains going in to and out of the yard, with a spur that used to connect the yard to several surrounding factories.
Looking east, under the Pulaski Bridge. To the left of the picture is the spur that goes to the factories in the background. The two tracks to the right of the picture make up a section of the Long Island Railroad's Montauk Branch, a branch that covers approximately 110 miles from Long Island City to Montauk, Long Island.
OldNYC.com contributor Chris Woods adds: "As a kid growing up in Sunnyside
back in the 1970's, I spent more than a few hours exploring some of the
little used rail infrastructure in the area. If memory serves, the
spur that diverges under the Pulaski bridge isn't just a factory siding,
but crosses Borden Avenue at grade and enters Sunnyside Yard. In
fact, it once split into three tracks, two that enter Hunter's Point station
and a bypass track that eventually becomes one of the loop tracks enabling
trains to turn around instead of continuing to Long Island and/or the Hellgate
bridge. Of course, there was a lot of infrastructure down there and
that spur may be a remnant of a rail yard that once existed between LIC
and Dutch Kills. However, I've been caught waiting for freight trains
to pass an at-grade crossing over Borden avenue en route to the Midtown
Tunnel relatively recently. I've always assumed they were moving
between Sunnyside Yard and LIC. Since the Lower Manhattan Development
Corp. has officially stated resumed Ferry Operation for LIRR riders between
LIC and downtown Manhattan as an option under consideration in the wake
of September 11, the status of this tiny ROW has become somewhat newsworthy.
It would be a lot easier to simply add a single stop to those trains that
now terminate at Hunter's Point rather than upgrade the entire Montauk
Division west of Jamaica Station."
The Queens-Midtown Tunnel tollbooths are positioned right before the tunnel entrance. It will cost the motorist $3.50 each way to go through the tunnel.
At-grade railroad crossings still exist in New York City, even though in the early 1900's, the Long Island Railroad took great measures to try and eliminate many of the crossings. Just up the street is a crossing at Borden Avenue.
A sign indicating an entrance to the Long Island Expressway (I-495) for eastbound traveling motorists. According to various postings in the MTR Internet newsgroup, I-495 doesn't officially begin at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. It starts at the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway/Long Island Expressway interchange, and continues east to Riverhead, Long Island. The signs in the Long Island City area carry I-495 shields as to not confuse the public with the technicalities, and give the appearance of a uniform signage system.
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