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Station: 155th Street-8th Avenue (Concourse Line)

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IND Concourse Line
B.GIF Bedford Park Boulevard ·Kingsbridge Road ·Fordham Road · 182nd-183rd Street · Tremont Avenue · 174th-175th Street · 170th Street · 167th Street · 161st Street-Yankee Stadium · 155th Street-8th Avenue · 145th Street · 135th Street · 125th Street · 116th Street · 110th Street-Cathedral Parkway · 103rd Street · 96th Street · 86th Street · 81st Street-Museum of Natural History · 72nd Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 7th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Grand Street · DeKalb Avenue · Atlantic Avenue · 7th Avenue · Prospect Park · Church Avenue · Newkirk Plaza · Kings Highway · Sheepshead Bay · Brighton Beach
D.GIF 205th Street · Bedford Park Boulevard ·Kingsbridge Road ·Fordham Road · 182nd-183rd Street · Tremont Avenue · 174th-175th Street · 170th Street · 167th Street · 161st Street-Yankee Stadium · 155th Street-8th Avenue · 145th Street · 125th Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 7th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Grand Street · Pacific Street · 36th Street · 59th Street · 9th Avenue · Fort Hamilton Parkway · 50th Street · 55th Street · 62nd Street · 71st Street · 79th Street · 18th Avenue · 20th Avenue · Bay Parkway · 25th Avenue · Bay 50th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue


Overview

Opened: 7/1/1933

A local station with three tracks, two side platforms of 660 ft. Tile colors the same as 145th Street. The station has white brick walls and many closed exits. A close inspection of the mezzanine reveals that the mezzanine used to be full length but was reduced in size. There are also "Uptown" and "Downtown" directional mosaics in the mezzanine. At the north end exit, the stairs are extra wide. This was no doubt done to accommodate crowds going to and from the Polo Grounds, which, until April 1964, stood right outside this station. Curiously, the number of (former) platform stairways is much greater here than at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium, despite Yankee Stadium pre-dating the subway by 10 years.

While the station was originally (1933) designated "155th STR 8th AVE," the portion of that Avenue north from West 110th Street was renamed "Frederick Douglass Blvd." in 1977. Heading uptown this is the last stop in Manhattan on the IND's "C"-line (chaining & signal designation) before crossing under the Harlem River and into The Bronx.

When the 9th Avenue El was discontinued (June 1940) service to the Polo Grounds was thereafter cut back to a 4-stop shuttle between the IRT's 167th Str. station on the Woodlawn-Jerome El over in The Bronx, and what remained of the 9th's original structure & station here at West 155th. There was an out-of-system paper transfer between the subway (this station) and the El 'just upstairs.' Football's N.Y. Giants moved to Yankee Stadium at the end of the 1956 season, Baseball's N.Y. Giants left town at the end of the 1957 season, the "Polo Grounds" shuttle ceased operations August 1958, the N.Y. Mets later played one season at the Park and it was thereafter razed to make way for apartments.

The station is oriented closer to east-west and crosses under West 155th Str. diagonally from St. Nicholas Place north-easterly to "8th Avenue." As the lower-level tracks north of the 145th stop first head out under St. Nicholas PLACE (Not St. Nick's AVENUE under which runs the "A"-line from that point northward) they then turn eastward with this station's platforms largely under the south parking lot of the City Housing Authority's "Polo Grounds Towers" and extending toward Frederick Douglass Blvd. (previously 8th Ave.)


This locale -- the northern end of Coogan's HOLLOW, is popularly known as "Coogan's BLUFF," and the topography at the station area is striking. The uptown (Bronx-bound) end is situated only a few hundred yards from the Harlem River Drive and the river's seawall. There is a steep cliff face atop the downtown end of the station. This escarpment starts at Edgecomb Ave. and then descends precipitously -- a drop-off of some 17-stories (~175 feet.)

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