Before going in service they were testing the two at the old rock (Welfare Island) and one of the elevators went into a free fall. Luckily no one was on it at the time. The elevators were promptly removed from both rigs.
A year before Ladder 19 was moved out of the South Bronx Ladder 32 was moved from Engine 50 north to Engine 62 then to Engine 97 and finally back to Engine 62. I wonder what the back story was why Ladder 19 was moved back down to Engine 50 and not Ladder 32 that was there before.
All of the old mechanical boxes had a telegraph key inside the box to communicate with the C.O. I believe the boxes in the High Pressure districts had a telephone connected to the High Pressure Pumping Stations. Those boxes were marked on the back "HP TEL.".
Chicago has been doing that since the 70's. Build a new house to combine 2 engines and a truck, then later disband one of the engines. They are much better than NY building new firehouses. NY is much better than Chicago with replacing apparatus.