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110th Street station (IRT Ninth Avenue Line)

110th Street was a local station on the demolished IRT Ninth Avenue Line. It had two levels. The lower level was built first and had two tracks and two side platforms and served local trains. The upper level was built as part of the Dual Contracts and had one track that served express trains that bypassed this station. It opened on June 3, 1903 and closed on June 11, 1940. The next southbound stop was 104th Street. The next northbound stop was 116th Street. This station had elevators as it was on the Suicide Curve.[2]

 110th Street
 
Former New York City Subway station
Morningside Park elevated train.jpg
110th Street Station's suicide curve looking south from Morningside Park with the station platforms and the elevator tower’s peaked roof visible on the left.
Station statistics
AddressWest 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue
New York, NY 10025
BoroughManhattan
LocaleUpper West Side, Morningside Heights
Coordinates40°48′4.02″N 73°57′34.7″W / 40.8011167°N 73.959639°W / 40.8011167; -73.959639Coordinates: 40°48′4.02″N 73°57′34.7″W / 40.8011167°N 73.959639°W / 40.8011167; -73.959639
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Ninth Avenue Line
ServicesNone
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3
(1 upper level)
(2 lower level)
Other information
OpenedJune 3, 1903; 116 years ago (June 3, 1903)
ClosedJune 11, 1940; 79 years ago (June 11, 1940)[1]
Station succession
Next north116th Street
Next south104th Street

According to Douglas (2004), the station was a popular site for suicide jumpers. In 1927, The New York Times reported that:

The number of suicides from the 110th Street Station of the Sixth Avenue elevated is ruining the business of the merchants with shops below, according to [the merchants].... According to [a spokesperson] there were eleven suicides from that station in the past year, and the effect has been such that potential customers prefer to walk a little farther rather than risk seeing a person hurtle from above.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tonight to See City Pass Goal of Unification". New York Daily News. June 10, 1940. p. 37. Retrieved June 30, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ "Ninth Avenue Local". Station Reporter. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
  3. ^ Douglas, George H. (2004): Skyscrapers: A Social History of the Very Tall Building in America. McFarland & Company, ISBN 0-7864-2030-8. (110th St station popular for suicides: p. 170).
  4. ^ *"Merchants Complain Suicides Hurt Business; Seek Way to Guard 110th St. Elevated Station" - New York Times, January 31, 1927, p. 19

External linksEdit

 
1900 postcard of the same suicide curve at another angle, prior to the construction of the station.