Digital Discussion: Crosstown on the L (Jane's Walk 2022)
Friday, May 6 2022
Free Online Program
The L train has a long and fascinating history that can be traced back to a steam railroad that began operating in 1865. The original route was incorporated into the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company’s elevated service in 1906 and later evolved as part of the subway expansion effort that started in 1913. Also known as the Fourteenth St- Canarsie local, the line currently travels from 8th Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan to Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie, Brooklyn. The story of the line's construction is not without controversies, but its development was ultimately propelled forward by enterprising individuals.
Join Educator and Experience Facilitator Kate Lanceley to explore the complex history of the L train through archival construction images, stories of its complicated history, and a look at how population changes, development, and gentrification have impacted some neighborhoods and ridership along its route.
Please Note: This event will take place online. Upon registration, all participants will receive two emails - one will be a receipt and the other will include a Zoom link with instructions on how to participate. We encourage you to download the Zoom app in advance for the best user experience.
All attendees are welcome. You will have the option to turn on automatic captions for this virtual program. Staff will share instructions for how to do so at the start of the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
Image: New York City Transit Authority, BMT Compartment Bluebird Front View, ca. 1940, 2005.61.75, Vincent Lee Collection; New York Transit Museum.
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