Bleecker Street Line
The Bleecker Street Line was a
public transitline in Manhattan, New York City, United States, running mostly along Bleecker Street, Crosby Street, and Lafayette Street from the West 14th Street Ferryin Chelsea to the Fulton Ferry in the Financial District. It was the last horse carline in New York City, and was not replaced with a trolley line or bus routewhen it was abandoned in 1917.
The Bleecker Street and Fulton Ferry Railroad was chartered
December 12, 1864and began operations in April 1865. Eastbound cars ran along 14th Street, Hudson Street, Bleecker Street, Crosby Street, Howard Street, Lafayette Street, Reade Street, Centre Street, Park Row, and Beekman Street. Westbound cars returned from the ferry on Fulton Street, Gold Street, and Ann Street to Park Row, and also used MacDougal Street, 8th Street, Greenwich Avenue, and 12th Street rather than part of Bleecker Street. The Twenty-Third Street Railwayleased the company on January 10, 1876, and was subleased to the Houston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry Railroadon April 25, 1893and to the Metropolitan Street Railwayon November 29, 1893.
By 1907, the line had been abandoned east of the crossing of Broadway, and only ran west to 14th Street; the trackage on 14th Street was used by the
14th Street-Williamsburg Bridge Line. Service was terminated in July 1917.
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