Vintage Photograph From 1955 Shows Young Boy Looking Out Rear Window of Third Avenue El

USA. New York. 1955. Third Avenue El.
USA. New York. 1955. Third Avenue El.
Photo: Elliot Erwitt

The 3rd Avenue Elevated Train ("El") opened with service in Manhattan in 1878. Over the next 77 years, the 3rd Avenue "El" would provide rapid train transit for anybody wishing to go from the Southern tip of Manhattan, down Bowery and Third Avenue, and up into the Bronx terminus. The "El" lines were eventually replaced with subterranean lines that run the same routes, more-or-less, and the 3rd Avenue "El" was the last one to be dismantled in 1955.

In this excellent vintage photograph from photographer Elliot Erwitt, see a young boy looking out the rear window of a train car on the Third Avenue El in its last year of service, 1955.

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