Anderson–Jerome Avenues (IRT Ninth Avenue Line)

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 Anderson–Jerome Avenues
 
Former New York City Subway station
Jerome-anderson-station.jpg
Platform of the Anderson–Jerome Avenues station
Station statistics
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleHighbridge
Coordinates40°49′51″N 73°55′38″W / 40.8307292°N 73.9273265°W / 40.8307292; -73.9273265Coordinates: 40°49′51″N 73°55′38″W / 40.8307292°N 73.9273265°W / 40.8307292; -73.9273265
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Ninth Avenue Line
ServicesNone (abandoned)
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedJuly 1, 1918; 100 years ago (1918-07-01)[1]
ClosedAugust 31, 1958; 60 years ago (1958-08-31)[2]
Station succession
Next north167th Street
Next southSedgwick Avenue

Anderson–Jerome Avenues was an elevated and partially underground station on the Bronx extension of the IRT Ninth Avenue Line.

History[edit]

The station was opened on July 1, 1918, on an extension serving the purpose of connecting the IRT Ninth Avenue Line with the IRT Jerome Avenue Line.[1] Despite the main line's closure in 1940, this station and two others remained open as part of the Polo Grounds Shuttle until they closed on August 31, 1958.[2][3] Although there was discussion to merge this segment with the IRT Lenox Aveune Line, due to inflation and white flight the plan was ditched.[4] It remained open for baseball fans traveling to the old Polo Grounds stadium, but was closed after the Giants moved to San Francisco.[5]

Description[edit]

The reinforced concrete station structure extended from the end of the tunnel from the Sedgwick Avenue station over Jerome Avenue. The tunnel emerges from the basement of an apartment building on Anderson Avenue. A portion of the island platform is in the tunnel. The station had entrances at each end of the structure on each side of Jerome Avenue and Anderson Avenue. A grate where the main staircase used to go up toward the platform still exists. The entire structure was on a private right-of-way. The tunnel is still intact to this day.

The structure east of the station was a two track steel structure north of 162nd Street that curved north to ramp up to the IRT Jerome Avenue Line elevated structure on River Avenue. The ramp was integrated with the Jerome Avenue Line structure and a stub of the curve remains, pointing toward the new Yankee Stadium. The structure for the tracks goes under the existing line and continues for several blocks until it abruptly stops. An IRT electric substation is north of the curve stub.[6]

Although the station is no longer accessible, the site is home to many pieces of graffiti. Trash also litters the station and trees are sprouting where the tracks formerly where. This station used to be accessible, although the route is not intended for use, through the Sedgwick Avenue station. A footbridge connects with an abandoned park, where the tunnel used to be open to urban explorers.[7] Today, however, the entrance is boarded up, and fences are placed with the intention to deter intruders. The building atop which the station sits is still visible at the intersection of East 162nd Street and Jerome Avenue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Open New Subway To Regular Traffic: First Train On Seventh Avenue Line Carries Mayor And Other Officials: To Serve Lower West Side: Whitney Predicts An Awakening Of The District–New Extensions Of Elevated Railroad Service" (PDF). New York Times. July 2, 1918. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "imagejpg1_zpse1f8a458.jpg Photo by JavierMitty - Photobucket". Photobucket.
  3. ^ Polo Grounds Shuttle
  4. ^ "POLO GROUNDS SHUTTLE 2017 - Forgotten New York". forgotten-ny.com. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "REMNANTS OF THE NINTH AVENUE EL - Forgotten New York". forgotten-ny.com. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Google (December 2, 2018). "Anderson-Jerome Avenues" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Abandoned Sedgwick and Jerome-Anderson Avenue Subway Station in NYC". Untapped Cities. January 21, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2018.

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