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Review of New York ELs and New York Subways DVD

NEW YORK ELS VOLUME I presents rare scenes of the Second and Third Avenue els taken in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Additional footage of the Polo Grounds Shuttle (remnant of the Ninth Ave. El), the Dyre Avenue line (formerly part of the New York, Westchester & Boston interurban line) in 1940, and the Staten Island Rapid Transit line is also included. You'll also view scenes of antique rolling stock being scrapped and the demolition of some of the elevated lines.

VOLUME II opens with a look at some of the rolling stock used on the Els, the program then offers an extended visit to the famous Third Avenue elevated line, which made its first runs in 1878. The Manhattan portion of the El, which began at the South Ferry Terminal and extended northward via the Bowery and Third Avenue, closed in May 1955, but the section from 149th Street to Gun Hill Road in the Bronx lasted until 1973. You'll take several rides over the line, and then view the Bronx portion in its final days. Round

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
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In your opinion, how was the narration level? There was no narration.
Just enough.
Could have used more.
A little too much.
Way too much.
Narration can be turned off.

Aside from the content of the DVD, how would you rate the image quality (sharpness, camera steadiness, etc)? Poor.
A little rough around the edges.

How would you rate the VALUE of this video? Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Good value.
Excellent value!

Last question. Would you recommend this DVD to others? Definitely not!
Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
A "Must Have"!

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