pix: a closer look – 174th-175th streets

At first glance, the 174th-175th Streets station on the Concourse Line looks like many other local stations; it has two side platforms, three tracks, and exits on either end. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll realize the station was once much larger.

Here are some appetizers:

[Fig. 1] This partially damaged name tablet is still legible.

[Fig. 2] A brutal patch-job. Is this 75th Street? Can I exit to 5th Street?

[Fig. 3] At the south end of the downtown platform, the exit to the west side of 174th Street/Grand Concourse is clearly visible, but…

[Fig. 4] …it’s behind a gate and closed to the public. The passage, once strewn with garbage, is now clean; will MTA reopen it?

[Fig. 5] The remains of the entrance at the west side of 174th Street/Grand Concourse are clearly visible.

[Fig. 6] Closed stairwell to the west side of 174th Street/Grand Concourse from the 174th Street lower mezzanine.

[Fig. 7] The open stone entrance at the east side of 174th Street/Grand Concourse.

[Fig. 8] North end of the northbound platform. I wonder what, if anything, used to be in this area?

[Fig. 9] Closed stairwell to the Morris Avenue lower mezzanine from the downtown platform.

[Fig. 10] View down the closed stairwell. There’s more than meets the eye here.

[Fig. 11] Under the “Great Wall of China” at 175th Street, a gap in the rock reveals a sealed entryway.

[Fig. 12] Closed stairwell to the Morris Avenue lower mezzanine from the 175th Street upper mezzanine. Yeah, it’s gross.

[BONUS PHOTOS]

[Fig. B1] It’s your choice…aaagghh!

[Fig. B2] We need more of these – mayhap this will help people get better with fractions! 😉

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