I was just looking at this thread and I saw this post, which I didn't happen to see back in 2012, and now it's four years later, but for whatever it's worth, here goes.Head-end View wrote:Keyboardkat, maybe you can answer a question that no one else on these boards has been able to do, since you were a Floral Park resident during the crossing elimination project. Word is that your village and the LIRR were seriously at odds during/after the project and that Floral Park is still angry at the LIRR to this day 50 years later. And supposedly this is the reason that New Hyde Park and Mineola won't let the railroad elevate thru their villages, 'cause of whatever happened with Floral Park.
So do you remember any of the local politics of that era and what the problems were that led to the village being so bitter at the LIRR? Seems to me the final product must be an improvement over those staggered grade crossings that existed at Tulip Ave. What's the story?
And my apologies if I may have asked you this before, and have forgotten whatever you might have told us......(chuckle!)
I was not a Floral Park resident. I grew up near Albertson, and I went to school in Mineola. But before I got my driver's license I used to bicycle all over the place to watch trains.
That's why I remember the Floral Park elevation project. Sorry I can't be of any more help than that.