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East 180th Street - Untapped Cities - Anna Brown

The Interborough Rapid Transit of New York City opened its first subway line in 1904. 468 stations and 24 subway lines make up the tapestry of what we now know as the New York City Subway. Here is a list of those stations that stand out as unique in both their history and appearance. The original 28 subway stations had beautiful fare control houses designed by George Heins and Christopher LaFarge, some can still be seen at Atlantic Avenue, Bowling Green, 72nd Street and other spots. But as the subway expanded, subway station style evolved to adapt to Manhattan’s geography and evolving architectural and design styles. 

1. 190th Street at Overlook Terrace

190th Street - Overlook  Terrace- Untapped CitiesImage via Flickr by jag 9889

This gem of a Washington Heights subway station at 190th Street Overlook Terrace houses the A train, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of the last subway stations with its construction overseen by Squire J. Vickers, chief architect of the New York City Subway System from 1906 to 1942. A painter and a poet, Vickers’ style was romantic and informed by medieval Tudor architecture. The station is right next to Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters, where history buffs can revel in medieval art and even the ruins of a turn-of-the-century mansion. The train platform is also the 2nd deepest in NYC, at 140 feet below street level!

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5 Comments

  1. Rik says:

    No. 1 talks about “medieval Tudor architecture”. The medieval period in England is generally considered to have ended with the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 when Richard III was defeated by Henry Tudor. Thus, the “medieval” and “Tudor” periods are two separate things. Of course, architecture did not suddenly alter the day after the battle but “medieval” cannot be used as an adjective in this sense alondgide “Tudor” – the phrase “medieval Tudor” is anachronistic at best. You might say “medieval/Tudor” if you want to keep it short.

  2. Dan Wittmayer says:

    The Avenue H station, on the West-end Line in Brooklyn looks unusual and quaint. Please include it.

  3. Uptown Rider says:

    You’re missing the photo for 190th St station to match the description. What you’re looking for is something like this:

    http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?77448

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