The concrete-cladded viaduct that takes the IRT #7 Flushing Line down the middle of Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside was built in 1917, and in the mid-1990s was treated to a complete overhaul with new station canopies and stained glass panels, as well as a complete replacement of the concrete and terra cotta ornamentation that left it looking like new. It’s been mostly kept that way for the better part of 20 years.

The Super Seventies were a different story, though, and by then the viaduct had been left to the mercies of erosion, weather, and our feathered friends for decades. The viaduct looked as if it was going to crumble onto the boulevard. Meanwhile, a World’s Fair painted R-33 plies the line blithely unaware of any problem. The cars were later painted maroon red and served the line until 2003.


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9 Responses to QUEENS BOULEVARD VIADUCT, Sunnyside

  1. Jeff B. says:

    Trying to guess what year the photo was taken. I see a 1970 Olds Cutlass on the far left. Looks like a 69-73 Caddy next to it. Maybe a 70 Buick next, 69-72 “Nova Family” car. Farthest right looks like a 68-69 Pontiac Firebird. Therefore I guess photo was shot 1971 to 1973. It appears the 7 train was still in it’s original World’s Fair colors and hadn’t been MtA Silverized yet.

  2. Joe Fliel says:

    The car on the far left is a 1970-71 Olds Cutlass Supreme 4-Door Hardtop. The rectangular double split bumper-mounted taillights are a feature only found on 1970-72 Oldsmobiles. The car in the middle lane is a 1971 Plymouth Fury III. The Caddy is a ’69-’73 Sedan de Ville. So, your dating the photo is pretty much spot on.

  3. Jim says:

    I had to cheat a little by zooming in but was able confirm a couple of things. The car to the right of the Caddy is a ’72 or newer Dodge, I’m guessing a Polara, and the Nova is ’73 or newer.

    The Plymouth Duster across Queens Blvd is a ’70-’72.

  4. dave c. says:

    OK, so it was taken about the time I escaped from NYC to go to college in Boston (Sept. 72). Shit had already deteriorated for ten years or so before then, and it has just gotten worse since.

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