pix: the grand concourse begins here! at 161st street, part 1

The Grand Concourse originally ran from 161st Street to Mosholu Parkway before absorbing Mott Avenue to the south, forming the present-day artery from 138th Street to Mosholu Parkway. In this part we take a close look at the 161st Street – Yankee Stadium station complex. Here’s a preview:

[Fig. 1] The Concourse Line uptown platform; its pristine condition is a stark contrast to the rest of the line.

[Fig. 2] Don’t call it a comeback!

[Fig. 3] Info sign; note that PM rush hour D trains do stop here during weeknight Yankees games.

[Fig. 4] Here we see the only remaining evidence of 161st St IND’s original tile scheme. Photo taken from the north end of the N/B platform; I did not enter the tunnel!

[Fig. 5] Tiled signage at the Walton Avenue mezzanine – not original, despite its appearance; MTA deserves kudos for a faithful reproduction!

[Fig. 6] Broader view of the Walton Avenue mezzanine.

[Fig. 7] The Walton Avenue mezzanine connects to the 161st Street underpass.

[Fig. 8] At the underpass entrance, the wall has “slid,” revealing bare stone. Now where did that wall go?

[Fig. 9] Here it is!

[Fig. 10] The protruding wall offers passersby a pair of seats!

[Fig. 11] Entrance at the NW corner of Walton Avenue/161st Street.

[Fig. 12] Here’s the other entrance on the same corner as above.

[Fig. 13] Heading back underground, we see unusual platform seats; they’re part of the Wall Slide art installation spanning the entire complex (except the el platforms).

[Fig. 14] More sliding walls.

[Fig. 15] Some stairwells spot an inverted tile color scheme!

[Fig. 16] A name plate “succumbs” to the Slide at the River Avenue lower mezzanine.

[Fig. 17] No smoking or spitting! This sign also pays tribute to vintage IND style signage.

[Fig. 18] This “old school” transfer to the 4 train…

[Fig. 19] …is brought to you by Peanut Chews!

[Fig. 20] Helene Brandt’s Room of Tranquility, partly shown, harmonizes with Vito Acconci’s Wall Slide nicely. You’ll find the piece in the River Avenue upper mezzanine.

[Fig. 21] Another piece of the Room.

[Fig. 22] And yet another piece of the Room.

[Fig. 23] A view of the Room from another angle.

[Fig. 24] At the el station (served by 4 trains), we see a vintage IRT style name plate. This one is original, unlike the faithful IND replicas downstairs.

[Fig. 25] And now for a pair…

[Fig. 26] …of totally non-vintage signs.

[Fig. 27] The Stadium, street-level entrance, and elevator shaft from the downtown el platform.

[Fig. 28] The uptown el platform, with the Bronx Borough Hall and Supreme Court building in the background.

[Fig. 29] Downtown 4 train. The Executive Towers (at 165th Street/Grand Concourse) stick out in the background.

[Fig. 30] While the station is lovely, the el’s underside is anything but.

[Fig. 31] Street-level entrance to the 4 train at 161st Street/River Avenue.

[Fig. 32] Pair of entrances to the B and D trains.

[Fig. 33] Across the street, near the Yankees souvenir shops, we have another subway entrance.

[Fig. 34] This photo rounds out the cavalcade of entrances at this station.


[Fig. B1] A sunset shot at Bedford Park Blvd/Grand Concourse.

[Fig. B2] Altar at the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn; a Youth Convocation hosted by the American Baptist Churches took place here on my birthday.

I took the next four pix the Friday after Hurricane Sandy hit.

[Fig. B3] Conga line of buses on The Bowery; this was the “bus bridge” that replaced the subway between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

[Fig. B4] Awning downed by Hurricane Sandy.

[Fig. B5] Huge line for subway shuttle buses to Brooklyn at 34th Street.

[Fig. B6] Buildings caked in darkness due to power loss.

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