Brooklyn Manor (LIRR station)
Former Brooklyn Manor Station site beneath the BMT Jamaica Line
|Location||Jamaica Avenue between 98th and 101st Streets
Richmond Hill, Queens
|Owned by||City of New York|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||New York City Subway:
at 104th Street
|Opened||January 9, 1911|
|Closed||June 8, 1962|
|Rebuilt||N/A; station abandoned|
Brooklyn Manor was a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Rockaway Beach branch in New York City on the south side of Jamaica Avenue at 100th Street at the border between Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, Queens. The station name referred to the nearby Brooklyn Manor section of Woodhaven (originally a 603 lot development located from Woodhaven Boulevard to 96/98 Street, Forest Park to Jamaica Avenue). Brooklyn Manor station was demolished following its 1962 closure.
|3F||BMT Jamaica Line|
Former platform level
|Side platform, demolished|
|Side platform, demolished|
The elevated station was located on the south side of the overpass over Jamaica Avenue, with two side platforms and shelters on both platforms. The platforms were constructed from wood, as were most other stations constructed on the line at this time. Most of the current stations south of here were built or rebuilt in the 1930s and 1940s and made of concrete. The BMT's Jamaica elevated (now part of the New York City Subway) runs over the Rockaway Beach tracks along Jamaica Avenue; this section of the BMT elevated was opened in 1917, built after the LIRR station. Connection was available two blocks east at the 102nd–104th Streets station. Connection was also available to the Jamaica Avenue surface trolley.
A new station along the Rockaway Beach Branch at Jamaica Avenue was proposed in 1909, and built in conjunction with grade-crossing eliminations and electrification projects along the line, as well as the extension from the Glendale Junction with the Montauk Branch to the LIRR Main Line at Whitepot Junction (known as the Glendale Cut-off). The new station opened on January 9, 1911. The station also served as a replacement for the former Brooklyn Hills Station, which was built in 1882 approximately 3,000 feet north of the site at Myrtle Avenue in Forest Park. The next stop north was Parkside (opened in 1927), and the next stop south was Woodhaven Junction. Following its opening, the station diverted passengers away from the Atlantic Branch, leading to increased service to Penn Station.
In the early expansion plans of the city's Independent Subway System in the 1930s, the Rockaway Beach Branch was planned to be absorbed into the new subway, which would have turned the Brooklyn Manor station into a stop on the IND Queens Boulevard Line or a new Queens crosstown line. In 1950, the Rockaway Beach Branch south of Ozone Park closed after the trestle on Jamaica Bay between The Raunt and Broad Channel stations was destroyed by a fire. The city purchased the entire line in 1955, but only the portion south of Liberty Avenue was reactivated for subway service. Ridership declined on the remaining portion of the branch. Vandalism and criminal activity along the line also led the LIRR to take the two-side platforms out of service in 1958, replaced with a low-level platform in the former southbound trackway. The station closed on June 8, 1962, along with the rest of the Rockaway Beach Branch.
In the 1950s following the fire that led to service reductions on the line, the QM23 express bus was created by Green Bus Lines to replace LIRR service between the station and Manhattan. After takeover by the MTA in 2006, the route was discontinued on June 27, 2010 due to MTA budget cuts. Alternate service is provided by the BMT Jamaica Line's nearby subway station at 104th Street.
Few remnants of the station site remaining today. Much track and signal infrastructure, however, remains though it is quite dilapidated. Signal towers can still be seen on the path to Brooklyn Manor. Much of the roadbed is overgrown with trees and weeds. Access to the area is currently limited, although Queens Community Board 9 has proposed to redevelop the right-of-way into a greenway bike path.
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