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The Bronx is up and here!

I am proud to announce that effective 4 March, 2007, will now be hosting and have photo essays of every subway station in the Borough of the Bronx. I am able to have complete web pages with photo essays of all station in this borough after endless hours spent going through my photo archive and a few recent trips to photograph those stations I had just somehow missed.

Why is the Bronx the first borough to be finished?

The reason hit me yesterday as I was riding the 2 train down the White Plains Road line after finishing my business in the borough, Why first the Bronx? Probably the reason is because there the elevated lines nearest to my house (which is in upper Manhattan), the Number 4 train just a 15 minute bus ride away. Also the number of Fan Trips and other special subway events that I gone to photograph in the Bronx have helped add many photos-not just of these special trains but other trains and stations too-to my collection. Yesterday as I rode down the White Plains Road line and the Number 2 train, a line I hadn't ridden in over a year, and looked at the current state of the various stations I realized that I had photographed and showcased a period of major changes and rehabilitation of all the stations on the line. The last time I went up the White Plains Road Elevated (almost two years ago-every station was being rebuilt, and service for most of the line was running using only two tracks with temporary platforms at all stations for construction), the first time back in Early 2004 it was a typical elevated line with full windscreens at every station (see 225 Street photos for examples). Today I am happy to report all of the White Plains Road Stations have been fully rehabilitated (although Pelham Parkway still has some blue plywood) there are no more boring windscreens of corrugated metal to be scene anywhere. All stations now have the more modern green platform wall design and almost every station has unique arts for transit stained glass artwork. The new modern green windscreens also don't create canons, trapping the outside world from viewing the stations instead all have various gaps, where fairly large peepholes exist to the outside world. One the lower line all corrugated metal windscreens are gone too (except at one station, Intervale Avenue, which is exactly the same after a fire and I hope it stays it's fully windscreened cocooned self, with no light of views to the outside world as a tribute to the era when every elevated station looked exactly the same, with little ability to view of the surrounding area.).

I have not though photographed change on all the lines in the Bronx though, the 6 Pelham Line is exactly the same as the first time I went up there, all elevated stations with boring corrugated windscreens, although some lettering at some of the stations on old lampposts does interest me. Everything sits unrenovated, with no signs of renovations to come, the underground stations south of Whitlock Avenue beauty in there distinctive dual contracts era name tablets and mosaic trim must also not be forgotten, although photographers for other websites have, those cathedrals of transit must also be documented. Nothing has been done to the five stations Dyre Avenue branch either in my four years, those stations sit lifeless the uniqueness and distinctive columns they inherited from there days on the New York that I have heard rumors about and have scene in old photographs.

The only non IRT line in the Bronx, the IND Concourse Line I feel needs some mention in its own right and should not be considered an afterthought of the IRT elevateds. It was built and the City's starter line into the Bronx, just a few blocks away from the Jerome Avenue elevated that I'm convinced the city wanted torn down. The Concourse line is probably one the most overbuilt IND Lines in the system, which is saying a lot since most of the IND Stations have labyrinths of passageways and stairwells, almost every station has a full length mezzanine or full length mezzanines that have mostly been closed off. The wideness of the Grand Concourse at street level meant the Independent Subway could do it's thing by being overbuilt, and some stations have mezzanines that are below the platforms. It though has one major design flaw, the 205 Street Terminal was designed to be a through station due to projected extensions, since these never happened the terminal is very inefficient with trains forced to discharge all passengers and relay beyond the station, then returning to service, to add to a slightly longer trip, the station has no crew quarters so all crews are switched at Bedford Park Blvd, a short delay.

Going west the 3 stations of the IRT Broadway Line that poke there way into the borough (225 Street-Marble Hill is technically in Manhattan though the Harlem River Ship Canal cut it off from the rest of the borough and it became part of the mainland when the East River was filled in, strip maps of the 1 line show the border correctly), do get considered as an afterthought and that is fine by me. The line is simply an extension of a Manhattan elevated with a short tentacle stuck up into the northernmost borough.
1 - Broadway Line
·242 Street-Van Cortlandt Park
·238 Street
·231 Street

All I can say is go uptown, go The Bronx!

Jeremiah Cox
December 29, 2006

P.S. Bronx, I'm not done with you, I plan to document and photograph all of the White Plains Road and Jerome Avenue Stations in their new renovated states, and of course there will be more photo updates whenever I feel inspired.

Some Cool Facts about the Subway in the Bronx: (for these facts the separate levels at the 161ST St-Yankee Stadium and 149th St-Grand Concourse are counted as separate stations for numbers, and the Dyre Ave Line is considered to have three tracks since it has three tracks that can be in service though its ROW has room for 4):

Photos of Stations in the Bronx
4 - Jerome Avenue Line
·Mosholu Pkwy
·Bedford Park Blvd-Lehman College
·Kingsbridge Rd
·Fordham Rd
·183 Street
·Burnside Av
·176 Street
·Mt Eden Av
·170 Street
·167 Street
D - Concourse Line
·Norwood-205 Street
·Bedford Park Blvd
·Kingsbridge Rd
·Fordham Rd
·182-183 Streets
·Tremont Av
·174-175 Streets
·170 Street
·167 Street
2 - White Plains Road Line
·Wakefield-241 St
··Nereid Av
··233 Street
··225 Street
··219 Street
··Gun Hill Rd
··Burke Av
··Allerton Av
··Pelham Pkwy
··Bronx Park East
5 - Dyre Avenue Line
·Eastchester-Dyre Av
·Baychester Av
·Gun Hill Road
·Pelham Pkwy
·Morris Park
6 - Pelham Line
·Pelham Bay Park
·Buhre Av
·Middletown Rd
·Westchester Sq-E Tremont Av
·Zerega Av
·Parkchester-E 177 St
·St Lawrence Av
·Morrison-Sound View Avs
·Elder Av
·Whitlock Av
·Hunts Point Av
·Longwood Av
·E 149 St
·E 143 St-St Mary's St
·Cypress Av
·Brook Av
·3 Av-138 St
··E 180 Street
··West Farms Sq-E Tremont Av
··174 St
··Freeman St
··Simpson St
··Intervale Av
··Prospect Av
··Jackson Av
··3 Av-149 St
··161 St-Yankee Stadium
B Train to Brighton Beach, D to Coney Island
···149 Street-Grand Concourse
2 Train to Flatbush Avenue
··138 Street-Grand Concourse
4,5,6 Trains to Manhattan

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