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THE   BROOKLYN   &   JAMAICA   RAIL   ROAD
THE   LONG   ISLAND   RAIL   ROAD

and     ATLANTIC   AVENUE


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FLATBUSH   AVENUE   TERMINAL
PASSENGER   STATION   INTERIOR 


 


THE   WAITING   ROOM   FEATURED   AN   "ANTI  PLUVIUS"   SKYLIGHT   WHICH   ALLOWED   DAYLIGHT   TO   ILLUMINATE   THE   INTERIOR



IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS - PERHAPS DURING WORLD WAR TWO -
THE GLASS WAS PAINTED OVER AND THE EXTERIOR PORTION COVERED.




ORIGINALLY THE WOMEN'S ROOM WAS NEXT TO THE ENTRANCE ARCH - LEFT CENTER IN THIS PHOTOGRAPH.
ACCESS TO THE BAGGAGE ROOM WAS UP THREE STEPS AND THROUGH THE ENTRANCE NEAR THE CENTER OF THE PHOTO.


EVENTUALLY A SNACK BAR AND FLORIST - PAYING TENANTS - OCCUPIED THE FORMER
LADIES ROOM WHICH WAS MOVED DOWN A CORRIDOR BEYOND THE BAGGAGE ROOM.
THESE TWO PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN IN FEBRUARY 1974.




UPPER   LEVEL   TICKET   OFFICE
 





BY 1978 THE WAITING ROOM TICKET OFFICES AND MOST OF THE CONCESSION STANDS WERE CLOSED AND THE BENCHES AND TELEPHONE BOOTHS HAD BEEN REMOVED.











                                  THE GLASS IN THESE ARCHED WINDOWS
                                        WAS EVENTUALLY PAINTED OVER.
FOR YEARS PARLOR CAR TICKETS WERE SOLD.                        
           

YOUR   TAX   PAYER   DOLLARS   AT   WORK
IN THE LATTER PART OF 1981 THE M. T. A. HIRED A
PAINTING CONTRACTOR TO PAINT THE UPPER WAITING ROOM.
THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT EMPLOYS FULL TIME PAINTERS.
THE UPPER WAITING ROOM WAS NOT USED,   SERVING ONLY AS AN ENTRANCE FROM THE STREET TO THE TRACK LEVEL TICKET OFFICE AND WAITING ROOM.
THE PAINT JOB WAS BEYOND GOOD - THE OLD PAINT
WAS EVEN SCRAPED OFF THE ARCHED WINDOWS.







BECAUSE  THE  STORES  AND  OFFICES  WERE  UNOCCUPIED  VANDALS  ENTERED  AND  THEIR  LOOTING  CAUSED  WATER  DAMAGE  SO  SEVERE  THAT  THE  UPPER  WAITING  ROOM  WAS  CLOSED  TO  THE  PUBLIC  AND  WITHIN  ONLY  A  FEW  YEARS  ANOTHER  CONTRACTOR  WAS  HIRED  TO  RAIZE  THE  BEAUTIFUL  BRICK  1907  STATION!



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