The Way We Were
OK, just one more post about the history of the Williamsburg waterfront, then we'll go looking for something else to rant about. And this one's pretty much all photos, so its easy on the brain for a Friday afternoon.
While surfing around for details about the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (the barge-to-rail facility that operated on Kent Avenue from 1875 - 1983) a few weeks back, we came across a couple of rail-enthusiast websites that are chock full of great old photos showing the neighborhood (and LOTS of trains) from the 1930s through the 80s. These are the only photos we've ever seen showing the old railyards and buildings along the Northside waterfront. Thank goodness for the trainspotters!
Click through the main pages for history and maps of the area, then check out the photo collections of the old BEDT engines (stay with me here), especially numbers 12 - 16, where many of the pics show the Austin Nichols warehouse, trains crossing Kent Avenue, etc.
Or save time and skip to my Flickr account for the Cliff's notes version. Happy Friday!
Phil's B.E.D.T. Main Page
Phil's Property Photos (Engine numbers at bottom of page)
Flickr "Best-of" Photoset