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Station: 137th Street-City College (IRT West Side Line)

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Overview

Opened: 10/27/1904

Local station with three tracks and two side platforms. This station underwent 'modernization' in the 1970s into the present "restroom" style tilework and there are few mosaics left from the original installation. To make the walls smooth for the new tiles the old moldings and reliefs were ripped out. One relic, a ceramic cartouche of a three-faced figure, has been preserved at the New York Transit Museum. The three faces represent "Respice", "Adspice", and "Prospice", and is an emblem of nearby City College. There is a persistent local interest in restoring the station to a motif sympathetic to the original design.

Some of the schist excavated from the subway in this section of the IRT was used for facing on the buildings of City College.

Up to at least the late 1970s some weekday mid-day trains terminated at this station. There is a tower on the north end of the northbound platform, which is occasionally used to give some relief to the mainline tower at 240th St Yard, during general orders when this station is used as a terminal. Just north of this station is an underground lay up yard of five tracks in addition to the three tracks of the mainline. Looking south from the platforms one can see daylight from the portal at 135th Street leading to the Manhattan Valley Viaduct.

Artwork

Fossils, Steve Wood

Photo Gallery


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Photo by: Richard Brome
Location: 137th Street/City College

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Photo by: David Pirmann
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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 137th Street/City College
Artwork: Fossils (Steve Wood)

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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: 137th Street/City College
Artwork: Fossils (Steve Wood)

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Collection of: Ed Levine
Location: 137th Street/City College

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Photo by: Peter Ehrlich
Location: 137th Street/City College

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Photo by: Peter Ehrlich
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Photo by: Aliandro Brathwaite
Location: 137th Street/City College

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Photo by: Leonard Wilson
Location: 137th Street/City College

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Photo by: Roberto C. Tobar
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Photo by: Al Bennett, Jr.
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Photo by: Christopher Henderson
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Photo by: Christopher Henderson
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Photo by: Wilfredo Castillo
Location: 137th Street/City College


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