LongIslandTool wrote:The illustrious LIRR Meitowax is "hipping two barges heads and tails" in that summer 1960 photo taken near Long Island City in the East River.
"Meitowax," often written as "Matouwac" is thought to be the earliest recorded name for Long Island, and Indian word meaning something like "place of shells".
In later years, the LIRR was paid 10% over costs by the PRR to operate the maritime business, as freight traffic was barred from the East River tunnels. That brought the railroad a profit of $200,000 per year in 1958.
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