Wednesday, July 29, 2015
This shot comes from a wonderful website called "Forgotten New York" that deals with some of subject matter discussed here. This shot, is several years old and is located in the Canarsie section of of Brooklyn. Streetcar service left the area in 1951 but many of the poles were still standing until a few years ago. This location is near the terminus of the "14th Street - Canarsie Line" or what is called the "L"train, which is very popular today. Streetcars in the area once traveled to the Canarsie shore using a private right of way. I do not know if this pole is still standing but it is very interesting. Who knows what the age of this pole is, it may be from the beginning of electric traction. Incidentally, the electric street lamps are being upgraded with LED lamps.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
This image was taken off the web. This is the standard "Bishop Crook" street lamp that was a fixture on New York City streets for decades. They were replaced by modern "stick like" lamps and posts of various descriptions since the late 1950's. Some are coming back as replicates in historic neighborhoods such as Park Slope and Greenwich Village. Should I say Park Swup instead?
In this image below, you can see that the Warsaw lamps below are reverse of the New York lamps. These lamps are also replicates.
This interesting cartoon was taken off the web. Now you can see why these lamps are called "Bishop Crook Lamps".
Sunday, July 19, 2015
New York City always was and remains to this day, very pro-bus. Around the time that this last remnants of electric surface transportation disappeared from New York, during the period of 1956 to 1960, General Motors designed a new style bus. Nicknamed "Fishbowls" because of the fish bowl like windshield, GM fishbowl buses would rule the road and streets of America for many years. In New York City, the transit authority only purchased Fishbowls for a time because perhaps there were very little sources of bus manufactures for heavy duty rapid transit buses. During this time, Europe and elsewhere renewed their trolleybus and streetcar fleets, even after some cities transit systems were destroyed during World War II. Many cities in Europe have large tram systems, such as Amsterdam, Prague and Warsaw. I saw some videos such as (A Trip to Prague, 1960) and others giving me the impression that Czechs and Poles love their streetcar systems. What would have happened if these cities abandoned their street railways after World War II? Would the United States provided GM Fishbowls? Would Poles and Czechs and others love their Fishbowls? I do not think so, in my humble opinion. In the picture below I took a picture of a New York City Fishbowl and I added a Warsaw tramway destination from their tramway map. I choose a destination that had text that an American keyboard can handle. The sign did not come out clear but it is route number 27 in Warsaw.