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One more ride on the Myrtle Avenue El

A Brooklyn museum exhibit is the next best thing to riding the Myrtle Avenue El one last time.

The New York Transit Museum is presenting an exhibit exploring the life and death of the train, which went out of service 40 years ago this past October.

The El was so beloved that on its final run, at midnight on Oct. 3, 1969, more than 1,000 people mounted its ancient cars for the last run between Jay Street in Brooklyn and Metropolitan Avenue in Queens.

Even then an anachronism, the line’s trains featured wood interiors, old ceiling fans, wicker seats and exposed lightbulbs.

The line dated to 1888 and helped develop parts of the city.

On the train’s last day, photographer Theresa King preserved the line’s final moments in a collection of photos, a sampling of which are published here.

She writes: “When I realized the line was due for demolition, I wanted to document a part of Brooklyn’s past that would be no more.”

The show will continue through Feb. 28.
 

Photo by Theresa King, Oct. 3, 1969, via Transit Museum

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