10. Abandoned Trolley Car in Red Hook

Boston trolley in Red Hook

Did you know that in 1930, 1,800 trolleys served Brooklyn alone? Although they date to 1936, their current resting place is the end-product of an attempt to create a trolley line between downtown Brooklyn and Red Hook in the ’80s and ’90s. Bob Diamond, founder of the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association (BHRA) spearheaded this movement, which was cut short abruptly when the Department of Transportation withdrew support. Trolley feasibility has been studied tangentially over the last 20 years as part of larger plans for Brooklyn Bridge Park and light rail service in the area, but so far nothing has come of it. While there used to be multiple trolley cars stored at this location, just one remains.

Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide

Secret Brooklyn Book Cover

The Red Hook trolley car is just one of the unusual sites you can discover in the new edition of Secret Brooklyn!