Near LIRR Entrance 1972
Posted 11 April 2005 - 07:28 PM
Posted 11 April 2005 - 07:45 PM
Did you get a "now" shot from up above where the shots earlier in this thread were taken?
Can you walk from Meridian Rd. right past the "angled poles" office all the way into the plaza where the mosaics of Moses, etc. are?
Posted 11 April 2005 - 08:52 PM
Your upper right photo looks like a good approximation of the Metro North 1972 shot.
Of interest is the biggest tree in the picture looks like it's the same tree that was behind the Metro North train, and the fence looks like it's in the same place. And your 'partly ripped up' station platform looks just like it did in Bill's 1980's photo. Apparently it was hiding right behind the Metro North train in the 1972 picture. So it would appear that not much has changed to the trackage over the years. If that was a 'maintenance pit' between the rails, is it filled in now? I couldn't tell enough from your photo to tell if the rails are still attached to concrete walls rather than wooden ties.
As far as the other side of the fence, it sure looks a lot nicer, doesn't it? All cleaned up, and even parking slots. They got rid of the weeds.
Two things I don't care for though- it looks like they painted over all the windows with brown paint! That's probably to cut down on the air conditioning bill, but it turned what was probably once an attractive edifice into something that looks like an old warehouse. And the fairly attractive brick wall surface has been whitewashed! That would probably be difficult at this point to ever restore.
BUT...I'm glad space has been provided for so many community agencies. That's a good adaptive reuse. Too bad more buildings couldn't have been saved for such uses.
Posted 12 April 2005 - 10:13 AM
When I took the first shot in the previous post I was actually standing on an operating LIRR platform. One of three elevated passenger platforms.The one I was standing on is the furthest one north. The other two tracks look like working maintenance tracks.
The attached photo you see here, was taken at ground level near the roadway that passes under the plaza.
When you reach the "storefront" area of the building you can walk the length to the curved plaza area entrance.
Yes, It looks like the windows are shut up tight and painted over. There are also heavy duty security gates on all doorways. I would imagine it has to be locked up tight at night and during the off season. That doesn't explain the lousy whitewash job on the entire length of the brick. Luckily the white paint stops at the exterior plaza stairs.
I agree Randy, it is good that these buildings are being put into service. I would have liked to have seen the Press Building/Police Station before the tore it down a few years ago.
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