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“QNS” Lower Montauk transit plan remains vague and deceptive two years later.

I really want to be explicit about this: I am one of the biggest transit advocates you’ll ever meet. Strong transit options are what made NYC a great city, and could be leveraged further to make it one of the most ecologically sustainable cities on the planet. Unfortunately our subway and rail systems have not […]



Brooklyn’s long forgotten railroad, Part 2

LIRR railfan special passes under the present day M line on Myrtle Avenue on September 9th, 1956. Photo by Bill Rugen Unless you ask a real old timer, most people in Ridgewood have no idea a railroad ran right through the middle of the neighborhood.



Brooklyn’s long forgotten railroad, Part 1

1884 Route Map of the New York and Manhattan Beach railroad, showing the Greenpoint segment of track.



Croton Aqueduct: NYC’s longest abandoned tunnel.

NYC’s first major water supply came from a aqueduct tunnel that was abandoned in 1955



Of Dust and Tails: an abandoned subway tunnel from a forgotten era.

Under Chinatown, there’s a stretch of mostly disused subway tunnel unlike any other in NYC. It is relatively poorly documented, not appearing on any publicly available subways maps.



The long death of the old Kosciusko Bridge

On the evening of July 25, 2017, the main span of the K bridge was finally lowered onto a barge to be shipped off for recycling. It was an evening ten years in the making.



You can now back LTVSquad via Patreon

We interrupt your regularly scheduled decay for an important announcement. You can now support this website via Patreon.



LIC’s obscure, abandoned LIRR Bogies 2017, RIP

This past week, the LIRR finally began scrapping their old freight intermodal bogies. So just what the hell is a bogie, anyway?



The Laurel Hill Houses, demolished to make way for the new Kosciuszko Bridge

NOTE: This story was originally published on an earlier version of this site, in April of 2011. The actual exploration took place in December of 2010. There’s an update at the end.



The 5 Fatal Flaws of BQX.

In February of 2016, New York City Mayor DeBlasio unveiled a plan for the city to build a street car/light rail line along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront in conjunction with an organization known as ‘Friends of BQX”. Since then, there has been no shortage of arguments, some for and many against the proposal. This […]