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July 6, 2008

The corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, circa 1845

Atlantic Yards Report

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This is a look back at documents and photos of how the Vanderbilt Yards came into existence. A "must read" for train nerds, and a pleasant look at historical online resources.

Check out this post on Whitman's Brooklyn for a look south on Flatbush Avenue crossing Atlantic Avenue. A contemporary photo is below, showing the P.C. Richard/Modell's complex, aka Site 5, the southwest corner of the Atlantic Yards site.

You might wonder: why was the train continuing, rather than stopping at an Atlantic Avenue terminus? Well, according to this LIRR history site, the rail line actually started at the East River. Here's some more history from Arrt's Arrchives, plus a look at the Vanderbilt Yard, aka the Carlton Avenue Freight Yard and Vanderbilt Avenue Freight Yard.

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NoLandGrab: Sometimes Atlantic Yards supporters like to refer to the Vanderbilt Yards (which comprise about one-third of the proposed Atlantic Yards Development) in terms like "a hole in the ground." This is generally meant to convey the idea that the entire area is blighted. Here's a reminder that there is a working rail yard there. Any blight in the neighborhood is now courtesy of demolitions by Bruce Ratner.

Posted by steve at July 6, 2008 7:32 AM