Prospect Park West and the battle against trolleys

Today I’m pleased to have my debut piece in Curbed NY - an article over a year in the making.

It all began last April (during research for Windsor Terrace, I reckon) when I found this New York Times article from April 23, 1891 about “prominent Brooklyn men” up in arms over the prospect of an electrified trolley system, which they painted as “dangerous to property, man, and beast”.

They want no trolleys headline
Their arguments sounded strangely like those used by “Neighbors For Better Bike Lanes” against the bike lane on the same stretch of pavement over a century later. I resolved to research further. It took me a while to find the time, but I finally did.

It was fun to dig through the Times and Brooklyn Eagle archives, piecing together a story long forgotten – but unknowingly reprised in the past few years.

Anyway, enjoy.

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2 Responses to Prospect Park West and the battle against trolleys

  1. roodonfood says:

    Great post. I would love for them to bring back the trolleys.

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