Day 475

Rockaway Parkway station

April 18th, 2013

This is the end of the line in Canarsie — the L train's terminal station. For much of the first half of the 20th century, however, there was a trolley extension that carried passengers from this point down to the old Golden City amusement park on the shores of Jamaica Bay. You can see some pictures of Golden City here, and read an article about its opening day in 1907 here (referring to one of the park's premier attractions, King Pharaoh, a sub-headline reads: "Educated Horse Sells Pictures").

From the station here on Rockaway Parkway north of Glenwood Road, the trolley ran along a private right-of-way, curving south for a couple of blocks before settling into a nice, straight course a little east of, and paralleling, East 95th Street. Looking at aerial photos, you can still see traces of the trolley route: an oddly shaped building oriented diagonally to the street grid; a curving backyard tree line; a slender, slanting mid-block parking lot. There are also some tangible remnants to be found: the pole near the right edge of this photo is one of several old trolley utility poles in the area that have been turned into lampposts.


  1. Steve says:

    I’m thinking this is one of thwo two subway lines with a song about it. There’s the famous “Take The A Train” and the not so famous “L Train”, by Son Volt. Any others?

  2. alphonsegaston says:

    What an interesting park. But–Robinson Crusoe a juvenile adventure story? Not.

    I wonder what the scenic railway was like.

    And: the Human Laundry?? Scary.

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