Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Flatbush Avenue Extension, ca. 1925

Flatbush Avenue Extension, ca. 1925, v1973.5.1257; Photography Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Flatbush Avenue Extension, ca. 1925, v1973.5.1257; Photography Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

This photograph shows bustling Flatbush Avenue Extension from an elevated rail platform at Fulton Street and Nevins Street. One can see from this photo that transportation around Brooklyn became much easier in the first quarter of the 20th century, as trolleys, el lines, and cars replaced horses and horse-drawn vehicles.

The Fulton Street Elevated was one of the earliest el lines, opening in 1888 and expanding through the early 1900s. Service on the Fulton Street Elevated was partially shut down in 1940 between Fulton Ferry and Rockaway Avenue, and the rest of the line closed permanently in 1956. More photos of the line, as well as detailed information about its history, are available at NYCSubway.org.

Each Thursday BHS emails a photograph of the week exclusively to our eNews subscribers. These images are culled from our collection of more than 50,000 photographs of Brooklyn and the New York City area. The photographs are also tweeted by BHS and displayed on our blog in a running series. Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery. Use this database to search for individual photographs. Currently a small number of our images are available online, but we regularly add new photographs. You can also visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1-5 p.m. to search through our entire collection of images.

About Emily Reynolds

I'm the Photographic Collection Assistant at BHS.
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