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© Bruce Appelbaum
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The New York and Atlantic is a little-known freight line that runs on Long Island, into Queens and Brooklyn. The line was once part of the Long Island RR, but they no longer run freight, and the NY&A has taken over some of the trackage.

I have run across the line in my walks in the past, and thought it would be interested to follow it for a bit.

The spur that I followed started in East Williamsburg, not from the Morgan Avenue station on the "L" line. For much of the run from that point, it runs at grade with numerous street crossings. While most of the line is accessible, there are portions where it spurs into private property and at least one of the two access points are gated.

It can be followed by the parallel Johnson Avenue and then Flushing Avenue. The line actually crosses on top of the Flushing Avenue underpass near Metropolitan Avenue and then enters an open cut. The open cut starts at this point, which is under a building that seems to be owned by the city. Trespassers are warned of 24/7 video taping, but the signs don't say if anybody is watching. In any event, I didn't venture in, but followed the line on parallel streets -- there didn't seem to be any way out once in. The line crosses under Metropolitan Avenue at Fresh Ponds Road, runs between some houses and commercial properties, paralleling Admiral Road, and the continues on to a freight depot near the "M" train line between Metropolitan Ave and Fresh Pond Road stations.

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