4. Harlem River Branch

Abandoned Westchester Avenue train station designed by Cass Gilbert
The abandoned Harlem River Branch that is cued for revitalization.

In 1904, the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad upgraded its Harlem River Branch, which went from the Harlem River to New Rochelle. As part of this expansion, Cass Gilbert, the architect behind the Woolworth Building and Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, built some stations. The Bartow station on the line had a rustic feel, but now the station is a roofless wreck. The Morris Park station is now abandoned and was painted to resemble an American flag, while the Hunts Point station still has its red-slate roof but is covered in graffiti. The decaying Westchester Avenue Station also still retains some of its architectural features.

Both the Hunts Point and Westchester Avenue stations are cued for revitalization, though no trains have stopped there since the 1930s. An innovative rehabilitation project by SLO Architecture is attempting to revitalize the Westchester Avenue station through Bronx River Right-of-Way, in which the station would be relocated to a spot over the Bronx River. A pedestrian bridge and ramp from the station down to Concrete Plant Park will be added.