Vintage Photographs Show Brooklyn's Myrtle Avenue "El" in 1950's and 60's

Brooklyn native Patrick Cullinan snapped these photos of the Myrtle Avenue "El" in the 1950's and 1960's, showing the then-aging elevated train line, its passengers, and surrounding areas. Cullinan remembers the "El" fondly:

The Myrtle Elevated line is dear to my heart because of nostalgic associations with Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, which I attended in the 1950's. Over a period of four years, I traveled the line from Knickerbocker Avenue to Vanderbilt Avenue, enjoying the homely views along the way. I used to be especially touched by windows decked out top to bottom with house plants, which I took to be a sign of a godly dwelling and a reverent hand.

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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