It's interesting looking at those photos, and how the site of an exciting, dynamic railyard turned into just another hum-drum parking lot, but you know, it could be worse, a lot worse.
Let the old military history buff Firelock tell you a tale.
On August 27 1776 the biggest land battle of the American Revolution was fought in Brooklyn NY. Commanding the British forces was General William Howe, a veteran of the Battle of Bunker Hill Howe was not going to repeat the mistake of underestimating the Americans, so instead of a "hey-diddle-diddle-straight-up-the-middle" attack Howe came up with a cunning battle plan of fire and manuver, catching the Americans off-guard and driving them off the field.
From General Washington down to the lowest musketman the Americans had a lot to learn, and the British Army was teaching it to them.
However, down by a bridge over Gowanus Creek a regiment of Marylanders, 400 strong, made a suicide stand to allow the rest of the Americans on that side of the battle a chance to escape. 400 Americans against Lord Cornwallis' 2000 Redcoats. The held, they attacked, they held, and attacked again, stunning Corwallis with the ferocity of the resistance. When it was over, 226 Marylanders lay dead on the field, but the mission had been accomplished, the Americans had escaped to fight another day.
As was the custom of the time the dead were buried where they fell. Time passed, life moved on, people forgot, urban development took it's toll and the battlefield disappeared.
Today, the gravesite of those Marylanders is marked by an auto repair garage. Only the military historians and Revolutionary War buffs can tell you who's under it. The old Marine in me wants to break down and cry.
So you see, it could be worse, a lot worse.