Daily News from New York, New York on April 29, 1973 · 74
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Daily News from New York, New York · 74

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Sunday, April 29, 1973
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--ILSUNDAY NEWS, APRIL 29, '1973 . rt. . ," , g , t L I" . v 0 I i -j& if- - m. mm w $ Jmmmsm " i mmmms& - NEWS sequence photos by Jim Hughes Gregory Harden, 2, does his bit for Keep America Beautiful Day while walking with dad, John, at 80th and Fifth Ave. and no coaching either. Sood lm on Eleep Amnteirica ieautiiful Bay By ROBERT CARROLL Boy and Girl Scouts moved into the city's five boroughs yesterday in an attack on dirt and decay that was coordinated with the third annual nationwide celebration of Keep America Beautiful Day. One of the largest turnouts was at Brookville Park in Queens, where the scouts were joined by members of the Rosedale Block Association to make a clean sweep of the park. . In Manhattan, Girl Scouts of Troop 3 gathered at the north end of Central Park for what was to have been a grass-planting jamboree but turned instead into a litter pickup. Someone from the Parks Department apparently failed to show up with grass seed for the patchy spots in the park. Tree-Feeding on fhe East Side -"If they won't give us the grass seed," said Mrs. Madeline Harvin, leader of the scout cadets and juniors, "we'll just have to buy some and plant it ourselves." "Well get the seed by hook or by crook," added Mrs. George Smith,' an officer of the Riverside Scout District, "and come back another day and plant." On the Upper East Side the E. 89th Street Block Association membership marked Keep America Beautiful Day by fertilizing the trees along their block, as well as cleaning up litter. A raffle climaxed the day, with the winner getting that rarest of treats a steak donated by a local butcher. sjiB!iiiimwiiiiiiwMwiwmniiiiiiimM mm" 1BX55XI f20sth xBedford Park Blvd. Fordham Rood ' 1 - - -89th St. " " i . 183d S- 4180th'S- bronx J tr' : - - ' : J4. - ? rW YANKEE 769th S. STADIUM 10V , - L 2C61st St. , !i:rp56rtst. 1-5 8 149th S- I . ' ' - " It was; the end of . the line for the Third Ave. el in the Bronx yesterday, and all day long New Yorkers with a sense of history climbed aboard the last trains to take pictures, to trade stories and to reflect on the passing of an era. "I guess I'm a little sorry to NEWS Map by Bob Juffras But route will follow el ttruc tar ' with free' transfer est 149th and IS 1st St: see it go," mused. Henry Holman of 521 Brook Ave., Bronx, leaning on his cane as he . watched a train load up at the Hub at , 149th St. and Third Ave. "Do I know the el very well?" he replied to a questioner. "1 should. I remember it when i twas practically brand new. I'm 85 years old." . The first section of the el, from 149th St.to Claremont Parkway, was built in 1888, the year Henry "was born. The final section of elevated track went up in 1920. At midnight last night, all service stopped along the 5.5-mile line. At the same time the first of a lfeet of 60 modern buses went into service between the Hub and the line's northern terminal at Gun Hill and White Plains Reads. "The el has done its job well," said Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman William J. ' Ronan. "But it's outlived its usefulness and become a blight on N.J. Daily Lottery , Winner Saturday: 19315 The prizes: 2.5O0 If vour ticket matches the winning number. 25 if the five diqits are right, but in reverse order Also $225 If either the last four or the first four match. $25 if the first, middle last three match. Also $25 if all live diaits . correct, but appear in scrambled order. $2. So if any two consecutive digits match the winner. the borough. It must give way to modern transportation." Some- riders weren't so sure it's a change for the better. "I don't think the buses will be as good as the trains," said Manhattan secretary Veronica Bailey. "Trains don't get tied up in traffic." - Janice Curry, change clerk at the Hub station, agreed that the buses might not be as efficient or reliable as the trains 'for my people. And that's what I'm going to miss the people I've come to know," she said. But she admitted the buses might be safer. "People are less likely to get mugged on a bus," she said. One bystander confided that he would have liked to make the last run at midnight "but frankly, I was afraid." The new bus service, route BX55X will operate along streets roughly paralleling the elevated tracks. Free transfers will be allowed to and from " CC, D D IND trains, and the No. 4 IRT train at Yankee Stadium and at the Hub, where connectios are made to the No. 2 and No. 5 IRT lines. Yesterday wag particularly nostalgic for . Nick Brenna, a motorman aboard one of the afternoon trains. "My dad was a motorman on this same line for 40 years," said Brenna, "and I've been here for several yeara. I'm going to miss it." Chimed in his conductor, Mark Winfield, an 11-year el veteran: "It's like leaving an old friend." Robert Carroll mi i 43 -:r if1 it ':! i t NEWS photo by Mel Finkelstein Senior citizen takes last ride on el yesterday. By JOSEPH MARTIN and PAU L MESKIL ; INFORMATION SUPPLIED by concerned NEWS readers has given police enough ammunition for a double-barreled blast that . may "blow the dope pushers off the streets," a Police Department spokesman said yester- .. day..: .. " - - Incoming; Police Commissioner Donald Cawley has directed all precinct commanders to investigate tips from News readers about narcotics operations in their districts. Thousands of leads to large and small drug rack- . eteers have been provided by the Pusher Program instituted by The News in cooperation with local and ; federal law enforcement agencies. "The heavy stuff tips on bigtime dope dealers and distributors! is being handled by the Narcotics Division," the spokesman said, in describing the, two- , , , front attack. , : .- .',.. r 1 1 m tog Piniag schoolyard pushers will go to the precincts involved. Precinct commanders are - being told to check out all Pusher Program reportsof drug activity in their commands. "If the precinct officers need help from the Narcotics Division, they'll get it," the spokesman said. He added hat hundreds f detectives and uniformed cops are investigating the mass of criminal intelligence material supplied by letter-writers all over the metropolitan area. , Cawley has indicated that he will assign as many men to' the Pusher Program tips as are needed to determine the facts and pick up the pushers. Ten weeks ago on Sunday, Feb. li this newspaper asked its readers to help fight narcotics addiction by providing details of drug activity in their neighborhoods and communities. The appeal touched a. sensitive nerve, for the Cirackdbwiro V - 4 ii - ) ( - I s.y.-,:.Yss,-,---.- JfmmmMiiiit mmimtm Incoming Poiice Commissioner Donald , , ( t j;i,' (eff4ij(aia!) .tit. L'i t2fR J

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