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Re: End of Trolleys

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Posted by Flatbush Kid on Saturday, October 31st 2020:

In Reply to: End of Trolleys posted by Jeff S. on Thursday, October 29th 2020:

Jeff, Matty, Stan and Barb: Ah, yes, I remember it well! Wednesday, October 31, 1956. Halloween day and I saw an eastbound trolley car at Church Avenue and East 18th Street. I knew it would be the last day of the Church Avenue run, but the reality check came the following day when I saw a bus at the same corner. This was a tough one to wrap my head around as an almost 12 year old. The first shot into Brooklyn.

On one occasion (in 1955 or 1956) I walked eastbound through the trolley car tunnel at Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue. Not a smart move, even if I did figure out, with a friend, that no trolley cars were near.

The coup de grace to Brooklyn, however, would be the move of the Brooklyn Dodgers. No thanks, to say the least, to O'Malley and (Robert) Moses.

Reference ID: BK96573


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