163 Street

163 Street-Amsterdam Avenue is an overbuilt IND local stop. The station has two tracks and two side platforms, express trains run below on a separate level. The station had a full length mezzanine with exits to 163, 162, and 161 Streets. In more recent times the northern half of the mezzanine has been fenced off with the exit to 163 Street the station's namesake closed, the lights are still dimly lit in this area giving it a dusty feel, and there is still a perfectly useable High Exit gate out of it if you could get into it. Three staircases up to it still exist at platform level and have the closed fence treatment over them. The southern open half of the mezzanine is split, there is no free crossover. Each direction has its own separate turnstiles across from one other where one token booth to one side. All of the black fencing that facilitates this gives the mezzanine a claustrophobic and less than spacious feel. The platforms themselves have yellow name tablets, mini "163" tiled but no yellow trim, all of the many columns in this large, half-closed complex are still painted yellow.


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(163c1) The Service sign on the uptown platform at 163 Street, for the C going one stop north to 168 Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 1 June, 2004 (163c2) Looking across the split mezzanine to the downtown portion of it a 163 Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 1 June, 2004 (163c3) Looking into the fairly well lit, closed half of the mezzanine at 163 Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 1 June, 2004 (163c4) An entrance to 163 Street fits nicely in with the storefronts on St. Nicholas Avenue. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 26 May, 2007
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(163c5) A High Exit gate out of the closed off portion of the mezzanine at 163 Street. It still looks perfectly usable. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007 (163c6) Looking down the center of the mezzanine at 163 Street outside of fare control, it is entirely split, there is no free crossover. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007 (163c7) A view of the abandoned, closed-off portion of the mezzanine at 163 Street, half of the lights are still on. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007 (163c8) The center of the open portion of mezzanine near the token booth. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007
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(163c9) Turnstiles to the Uptown platform at 163 Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007 (163c10) Looking out from the downtown trains area of 163 Street to the turnstiles to uptown trains. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007 (163c11) One of the two staircases still open down to the downtown platform at 163 Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007 (163c12) Looking across the two tracked 163 Street station. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007
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(163c13) Looking down the side, downtown platform at 163 Street, an uptown C train leaves the station. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007 (163c14) The narrow southern end of the platform at 163 Street with a closed off section. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007 (163c15) Looking down the downtown towards its northern end and all of the closed exits at 163 Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007 (163c16) A name tablet at 163 Street-Amsterdam Avenue, with a arrow under it to the now closed "163" exit, and a closed staircase up to that exit. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 28 May, 2007
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