Photo by Christopher Payne
The Bronx is a borough rich with intriguing history and culture, with hallowed arts, sports, and wildlife institutions making it one of the most increasingly developed boroughs in New York City. While many of The Boogie’s Down’s landmarks have been well-maintained, some have not been so lucky.
Many buildings and structures throughout the northernmost borough of New York City have fallen into disrepair and now lay abandoned throughout the Bronx. Once bustling transportation hubs, government institutions, military armories have since become shells of what they once were. While many of these spots seem to be destined to remain in the shadow of their former glory, others have been given a chance at a new life with projects to restore, revitalize, and largely re-imagine the areas they occupy.
10. Cass Gilbert’s Westchester Avenue Station
The Westchester Avenue Station along Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx, which is just off the Whitlock Avenue stop on the 6 train, has now become overgrown with plants and vines. In its heyday, however, the Westchester Avenue Station was a transportation hub for those travelling on the New Haven Railroad, known as the NYW&B. Unfortunately, the NYW&B went bankrupt in 1937, stopping travel through this area.
The station, designed by Cass Gilbert, was an important work of gothic architecture. Gilbert, also the designer of Lower Manhattan’s US Custom House, was commissioned to build 13 stations, including Westchester Avenue, for the railroad in 1908. This station is among four from this commission that remain, along with Hunts Point Avenue, City Island and Morris Park, though all had fallen into disrepair by 2009. While other stations have projects planned for revitalization of the building, Westchester Avenue Station’s fate has yet to be determined, and remains on the New York Landmark Conservancy’s endangered buildings list.