'The Ghosts of New York City's Elevated Railroads' Webinar

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From 1867-1955, four different elevated railroads (aka "Els") traversed Manhattan, which provided the first true rapid transit to a city choked by traffic. From Civic Center to Chinatown, and Little Italy to the Lower East Side, this is the story of the long-departed transit routes that defined 19th-century NYC, and the hidden remnants that are still standing over 100 years later.

Join New York Adventure Club on a fascinating exploration of the former elevated railroads between Brooklyn and Manhattan, from the downtown portions of the 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue Elevated Railroads, to the trains that ran across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Led by NYC Tour Guide Michael Morgenthal, our virtual experience surrounding the Els of the past will include:

  • How the Els came to be, and how they radically transformed neighborhoods such as the Civic Center, Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side
  • The story of Allen Street, which was widened in the 1930s in part to alleviate the dirt, noise, and shadows caused by the elevated trains
  • A closer look at the trains that ran across the Brooklyn Bridge, and how they influenced the design of the Municipal Building near City Hall
  • The great transfer points including the City Hall Elevated spur and Chatham Square, the latter of which caused chaos and confusion for those looking to transfer between these two lines — for a fee!
  • Where to find the ghosts of the Elevated, including a Manhattan power station hiding in plain sight

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Mike — any and all questions about the Elevated railroads are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week


"Great photos and maps. Great speaker holds your interest. Excellent powerpoint." -Barry

"Michael was well researched. The power point presentation with photos and maps was excellent." -Mike

"Great sides and photos. Especially loved the overlays of former rail lines on present day street grid. Very well presented by someone who really knows the material" -George

"Lots of info and the slides and explanatory maps were integrated splendidly. One of the best virtual tours I've been on. I know NYC history pretty well, but anytime someone can tell me things I didn't know - that's a great tour/presentation" -George

"Michael was very well organized and presented the info clearly and with enthusiasm. His photos and maps were great and clearly supported the points he was making. Appreciated that he laid out his talk at the beginning and took some questions midway." -Duane

"The tour guide is impressive in his recollection of historical dates. He answered questions with details. His research, including pictures and video, made New York come to life." -Elizabeth

"The presenter was extremely knowledgeable and communicated in a clear and engaging manner. Material was well researched and really interesting." -Al

"VERY well researched. Mike knows his stuff! and an interesting topic." -Pamela

"Excellent historical and present-day photos, helpful maps and overall terrific presentation." -Linda

"Presenter was excellent! Interesting, fascinating, "knew his stuff"! Wish we could take a REAL tour with him, but also realize that he couldn't show most of the old photos outdoors to a group easily, nor would he be heard as clearly outdoors with all the noise and activity...so this was a perfect introduction.....and then the tour when possible!" -Kathryn

"The presenter is terrific. I did his on the synagogue and Statue of Liberty also. He really had a great way of connecting and is super interesting in the way he presents. It was such a quirky topic that he made really interesting. Like when the personal touch is added like his interest started with that old kind of non descript building in chinatown." -Noelle

"Michael could make any subject fascinating because of his voice, knowledge and immediate connection with listener. Tonight's is going to be hard to beat though in my case because his history of New Yorkers and their elevated trains NY residents touches what's so profoundly good about our spirit and lives. So that's what I liked." -Nancy


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