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Old 10-20-2007, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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Ridgewood LIRR Station, Wantagh


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Old 10-21-2007, 07:34 AM
 
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What's the Ridgewood station? Is that supposed to be some old station no longer used and now a museum or something?
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Old 10-21-2007, 01:23 PM
 
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Thanks for those fabulous pictures. The one of the blizzard in Long beach blew me away. I spent half my time there growing up as my grandmother, aunts and uncles lived in LB years ago. All of the pics are great. Please keep posting them.
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the great pictures, please keep them coming, I left Long Island 2 years ago for Florida and it is really nice to see the old places again!!!
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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What's the Ridgewood station? Is that supposed to be some old station no longer used and now a museum or something?
That was the Wantagh LIRR station before the Babylon line was elevated in the late 60s. It was moved about a 1/4 mile north on Wantagh Avenue and is now home to the preservation society's museum.

It's the Ridgewood Station because it was built in 1885, before the name "Wantagh" existed, and the community was widely known as "Ridgewood Station" because of it's proximity to the Brooklyn Water Works reservoir that - along with many other man-made lakes along what is now Sunrise Highway - pumped the City of Brooklyn's drinking water into the main Ridgewood Queens/Brooklyn reservoir. That's why most roads near Babylon branch LIRR tracks are named "Brooklyn Avenue", and also why Sunrise becomes Conduit Avenue when you get into Queens. Where's that LI History thread??

All of this brings us to.......Twin Lakes Preserve, Wantagh...the former reservoir that the little train station was named for. If you have ancestry that lived in Brooklyn, they drank out of this a hundred years ago.

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Old 10-23-2007, 01:00 PM
 
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What memories Left Long Island due to a transfer to Texas then wound up in Florida.. sure do miss Home... Thanks for the photos, please keep them coming.
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:45 PM
 
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Man this all makes me incredibly homesick. I have been in Florida for 18 years but lately I have been seriously considering going back home.
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:29 PM
 
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That was the Wantagh LIRR station before the Babylon line was elevated in the late 60s. It was moved about a 1/4 mile north on Wantagh Avenue and is now home to the preservation society's museum.

It's the Ridgewood Station because it was built in 1885, before the name "Wantagh" existed, and the community was widely known as "Ridgewood Station" because of it's proximity to the Brooklyn Water Works reservoir that - along with many other man-made lakes along what is now Sunrise Highway - pumped the City of Brooklyn's drinking water into the main Ridgewood Queens/Brooklyn reservoir. That's why most roads near Babylon branch LIRR tracks are named "Brooklyn Avenue", and also why Sunrise becomes Conduit Avenue when you get into Queens. Where's that LI History thread??

All of this brings us to.......Twin Lakes Preserve, Wantagh...the former reservoir that the little train station was named for. If you have ancestry that lived in Brooklyn, they drank out of this a hundred years ago.

You got it backwards! Years ago LI got it's water from the Brooklyn water works! The pipes are still there. Ever notice the huge pipes rite next to the rail (LIRR) on Sunrise highway? That's from the Brooklyn water works.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Wellsville, Glurt County
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You got it backwards! Years ago LI got it's water from the Brooklyn water works! The pipes are still there. Ever notice the huge pipes rite next to the rail (LIRR) on Sunrise highway? That's from the Brooklyn water works.
Nope, I got it right I swear! There's a real lengthy documentary on Youtube about it, it moves reaalllyyy slow at points but it's interesting (to me at least).


YouTube - Brooklyn Water Works
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:23 PM
 
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Nope, I got it right I swear! There's a real lengthy documentary on Youtube about it, it moves reaalllyyy slow at points but it's interesting (to me at least).


YouTube - Brooklyn Water Works
No, our , LI's water used to come from NYC. There is something to those lakes though. I used to live in Massapequa rite down the block from the woods. And in there they had those lakes all along the paved bike path there. They've been there forever. I'll ask my father what they exactly were for. He grew up there. Which is how I found out about the Brooklyn Water works.
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