This image, provided by the Greater Astoria Historical Society, shows the northern shore of the Rockaway Peninsula around Beach 86th Street where the railroad arrives over Jamaica Bay from Broad Channel. The Rockaways had rail service between the 1870s (after 1904 it was part of the Long Island Railroad) and 1955 when the right of way was sold to the city’s Independent Subway System and is now part of the A train. The row of houses sitting on wooden stilts over Jamaica Bay at left can still be seen from passing subway trains on the bridge.
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