The 167th Street station on the Concourse Line has its share of secrets – namely, sealed passages from each platform and the upper mezzanine to a pair of lower mezzanines and the 167th Street underpass. Unlike most underpass entrances, this station included entrances between the roadways. The Bx35 bus used to run via the underpass to connect passengers to/from trains – and before the bus, there was a trolley! Joseph Brennan’s site has a brief history of the trolley station and underpass. As the underpass in question is no longer accessible to pedestrians, I traveled there by bicycle to take pictures (hence, I did not trespass); now, take a look at the largest (closed) underpass entrance complex on the Concourse Line.
[DISCLAIMER: All photos taken from the trolley platforms. Under no circumstances were any photos taken from the roads (which are very much active) – do NOT, under ANY circumstances, walk through the underpass or “hang out” at the trolley plats!]
[Fig. 1] Closed entrance to the uptown subway platform from the eastbound trolley platform.
[Fig. 2] A similarly closed entrance to the downtown subway platform.
[Fig. 3] Closed station entrance at the south side of the 167th Street underpass, which now looks like a prison. The slanted concrete in the fore hides the former pedestrian passage.
[Fig. 4] Another view of the entrance seen in Fig. 3, permanently behind bars.
[Fig. 5] Closed entrance to the uptown subway platform from the westbound trolley platform.
[Fig. 6] Westbound trolley platform and closed subway entrance on the north side of the 167th Street underpass.
[Fig. 7] Eastbound trolley platform and closed subway entrances.
[Fig. 8] Another view of the eastbound trolley platform and closed entrances – along with evidence of old signage!
[Fig. 9] Closed entrance to the downtown subway platform from the westbound trolley platform.
[Fig. B1] My bike. It has served me well for 14 years and counting!
[Fig. B2] “Coalescence” by Renata Pugh; according to the plaque, the piece would stand until May 2013. Don’t know if it’s still there.