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Today’s Ol’ Time view is a reasonable facsimile of what the original LIRR Station at Mott and Central Avenues in Far Rockaway looked like in 1872.   During that year mentioned the LIRR had extended its line westward down the Rockaway Peninsula to Seaside.

Far Rockaway Station is on the right, and an infant Far Rockaway Railroad Yard is seen on the left, containing a workers camp.

By 1900 the yard and station had grown considerably, as did the Rockaways. In the mid 1900s, the site was a Great Transportation Hub as the NYC Subway System stopped here, and a large Bus Terminal was included along with the LIRR. Connections could be made to each, and to Nassau County!

This valued Transport Center was destroyed years later in order to build a Shopping Center that also destroyed itself later on – it is still receiving vital transfusions to stay alive!

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