Westchester Avenue Station

The Port Morris Branch crosses under Westchester Avenue between Brook Avenue and St. Ann's Avenue. The White Plains Road line of the IRT (#2 train) emerges from a tunnel just east of the Port Morris Branch and is elevated over Westchester Avenue when it crosses the Port Morris Branch. Unfortunately, the crossing is about equidistant between the 3rd Ave./149th Street Station to the west and the Jackson Avenue Station to the east, making a extremely unlikely that a tunnel or viaduct would be built for direct transfer between the Port Morris Branch and the IRT.

However, there is a post office and vacant lots adjacent to the tracks at this point, so it might still be a good spot for a station. Curiously, my 2006 Hagstrom map gives the path of the Port Morris Branch as Hegney Place and there is a corresponding street sign on the south side of Westchester Ave. Hegney Place does run intermittently along the tracks north of here, so perhaps there is/was consideration of filling in the trench and converting it to a street.

West of the potential Westchester Avenue station is a vibrant shopping district on Third Avenue.

The area just north of Westchester Avenue between Brook Avenue and St. Ann's Avenue seems to have been the Westchester Avenue Yard at an intermediate point between the Oak Point yard to the south and the connection to the Harlem Line to the north. The southern part of the yard area has been taken over by South Bronx High School for multi-sport athletic fields (the Merrill Lynch Field of Dreams). A corridor has been left for the rail line right-of-way and there is a pedestrian bridge over the line. The northern part of the former yard is unimproved and accessible by pedestrians from the west. Given it's unimprovement and accessibility, this may be the easiest place to build platforms and a new station, although it puts transferrees a block further away from the IRT.

Parts of the wall have what appears to be some kind of Art deco ornamentation. However, a gentleman who used to work for NYC Transit told me that they are probably clay liners for cable ducts that separated power cables for the third rail. Some of the ducts appear to be covered over with a concrete shell that was presumably removed when the cables were removed - either by the railroad or by metal scavengers from the neighborhood.

In keeping with the initiative to break large, impersonal (and crime-ridden) high schools into smaller academies (although still housed in the same large, monolithic buildings), the South Bronx campus is home to a number of these smaller schools.

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Line hidden behind trees, viewed from the east on the Westchester Ave. IRT
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Under the IRT Jackson Ave. Station
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St. Mary's Park Houses
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The Westchester Ave. IRT headed south
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Under the IRT
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IRT passing the prison on Westchester Avenue
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IRT over Westchester Avenue at Eagle Avenue
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The IRT descending into the tunnel at Bergen Avenue
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Church and row houses on Caldwell Ave.
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Substation off the Westchester Ave. IRT
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13,200 volts
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Post Office off St
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Westchester Ave. IRT crossing over the Port Morris Branch
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Port Morris Branch headed north from Westchester Ave. - site of future subway station?
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Westchester Ave. bridge over the Port Morris Branch
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Overgrown Port Morris Branch headed south from Westchester Ave.
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Sign for Hegney Place off Westchester Ave. at the Port Morris Branch trench
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Breeched fence beside the trench, giving squatters access
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#2 IRT train passing over the trench
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Vacant lot east of the tracks and south of Westchester Ave. - potential station location?
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Older row houses and newer apartment buildings on St. Ann's Ave.
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Jet leaving Laguardia Airport - there is considerable jet noise in this neighborhood
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Third Avenue retail block
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Third Avenue retail block
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Third Avenue retail block
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Third Avenue retail block
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Older building off Third Avenue
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Vacant lot west of the Westchester Avenue Yard
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Vacant lot west of the Westchester Avenue Yard
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Field of Dreams
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Field of Dreams track
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Field of Dreams baseball diamond
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Old yard retaining wall by the Field of Dreams
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Brooke Avenue along the Field of Dreams
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Brooke Avenue running along the trench at 157th Street
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Open area in the Westchester Avenue Yard north of the athletic fields
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Westchester Avenue yard
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Cable ducts
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Cable ducts
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Westchester Avenue Yard Retaining wall
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Westchester Avenue yard looking north into the trench
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Cable ducts on the south side of the bridge
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Looking south on the right of way and the old railyard
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Long-dead car in the old railyard
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The pedestrian overpass over the right-of-way
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Residual gravel ballast on the right-of-way
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Track use restriction sign
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Closed gate on the pedestrian overpass prohibiting access to the field of dreams
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Looking north on the right-of-way under the pedestrian bridge
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Old cast iron fence where Rae Street dead ends into the right-of-way
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Fence ornament closeup
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Fence around Crotona Academy - school looks like a prison
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South Bronx High School
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Front entrance to South Bronx High School - listing academies
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The rear (west side) of South Bronx HS
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Looking south on St. Ann's Avenue toward the elevated IRT line
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Old tenament that survived the 70s across from the school-with Puerto Rican flag
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Newer low-rise public housing across from the school - where tenaments didn't survive the 70s
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Bronxchester Houses
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Bronxchester Houses
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Parking lot on a hill - 156th Street at St. Ann's Avenue

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