Astoria, Queens

The New York Connecting Railroad, now joined with Amtrak traffic from Penn Station, makes gradual ascent through Astoria to the Hell Gate bridge over the East River. This elevation, along with potential congestion issues and a line design that was never intended to have intermediate station stops adds some significant challenges to the design for a Circumferential Line.

Many of the NYCRR bridges in Astoria are concrete arches and many of those arches seem to be in pretty bad shape. Reconstruction of some of the arches could conceivably be integrated seamlessly with addition of stations around them.

Row houses on 47th Street
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Row houses on 47th Street
Apartments on 46th Street
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Apartments on 46th Street
46th Street south of 25th Avenue
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46th Street south of 25th Avenue
The 25th Avenue Bridge (center) and 46th Street Bridge (left)
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The 25th Avenue Bridge (center) and 46th Street Bridge (left)
The 46th Street Bridge
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The 46th Street Bridge

Astoria Boulevard / Steinway Street Station

The NYCRR line crosses I-278, Astoria Boulevard, and Steinway Street on a very imposing truss viaduct. This is also an approximate midway point on the line between Roosevelt Avenue and the BMT Ditmars Boulevard station, which might make it a good spot for a Circumferential Line station - perhaps over the irregular lot between Astoria Boulevard and Steinway Street, north of I-278.

Bridge over I-278
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Bridge over I-278
Southern abutment of bridge over I-278
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Southern abutment of bridge over I-278
Bridge over I-278
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Bridge over I-278
I-278 eastbound passing under the NYCCRR
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I-278 eastbound passing under the NYCCRR
Astoria Boulevard passing under the NYCRR
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Astoria Boulevard passing under the NYCRR
41st Street passing under the NYCRR
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41st Street passing under the NYCRR
Steinway and 23rd Streets passing under the NYCRR
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Steinway and 23rd Streets passing under the NYCRR
Detail of truss under Steinway/23rd Street Bridge
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Detail of truss under Steinway/23rd Street Bridge
Bridge over Steinway Street
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Bridge over Steinway Street
Painless Steel Tattoos - Tattoos are forever, life is not, get one now before you rot
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Painless Steel Tattoos - Tattoos are forever, life is not, get one now before you rot
Astoria SoundWorks Rehearsal Studios - 38-01 23rd Avenue
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Astoria SoundWorks Rehearsal Studios - 38-01 23rd Avenue

The concrete arch over 38th Street seems to be falling apart and is being held together with rails and tension rods. The repairs seem to have been there for awhile as there are limestone stalactites hanging from the metalwork. Terrifying.

38th Street Bridge
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38th Street Bridge
BIN 7705310
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BIN 7705310
38th Street Bridge
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38th Street Bridge
38th Street Bridge
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38th Street Bridge
38th Street Bridge
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38th Street Bridge

The 37th Street Bridge is in a little better shape.

37th Street Bridge
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37th Street Bridge
37th Street Bridge
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37th Street Bridge

The truss structure needed to carry the rail line over the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 35th Street must contain a tremendous amount of steel. You would think they would have just condemned a building or two and routed traffic through a simpler arch.

Bridge over the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 35th Street
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Bridge over the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 35th Street
Bridge over the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 35th Street
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Bridge over the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 35th Street
Truss closeup
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Truss closeup
Truss closeup
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Truss closeup
Truss closeup
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Truss closeup
Bridge over 33rd Street
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Bridge over 33rd Street
BIN 7705220
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BIN 7705220

Ditmars Boulevard Station

The BMT Astoria Line terminates underneath an NYCCRR arch bridge over 31st Street. This would be a likely spot for a transfer point between the Circumferential Line and the BMT Astoria. If there's space on the deck for platforms, escalators and elevators would either have to descend inside the masonry or, more likely, along the outside of the arch.

BMT Astoria Line Ditmars Boulevard station
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BMT Astoria Line Ditmars Boulevard station
Shops on 31st Street under the BMT
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Shops on 31st Street under the BMT
Scaffolding for repairs on the arch
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Scaffolding for repairs on the arch
Birds sitting on a Standing Anytime sign
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Birds sitting on a Standing Anytime sign
Bird sitting in a duct in the concrete
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Bird sitting in a duct in the concrete
28th Street Bridge
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28th Street Bridge
28th Street Bridge
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28th Street Bridge
Amtrak train passing over 28th Street on its way to Sunnyside and Penn Station
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Amtrak train passing over 28th Street on its way to Sunnyside and Penn Station
Inside the arch
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Inside the arch
Drain from 28th Street Bridge
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Drain from 28th Street Bridge
Southern wall of the viaduct
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Southern wall of the viaduct
Southern wall of the viaduct
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Southern wall of the viaduct
Looking east on 23rd street - BMT Astoria elevated line
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Looking east on 23rd street - BMT Astoria elevated line
Cat on 29th street
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Cat on 29th street
Apartment Houses on 29th Street
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Apartment Houses on 29th Street
Looking east at the east approach to the Hell Gate Bridge from the Triboro suspension bridge
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Looking east at the east approach to the Hell Gate Bridge from the Triboro suspension bridge
Astoria
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Astoria
Astoria Park
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Astoria Park
Astoria Park
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Astoria Park
Astoria Park
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Astoria Park
Astoria Park Pool
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Astoria Park Pool