Bartow Station Ruins – Bronx, NY

April 14, 2017 – Bronx, NY

Difficulty – easy

Location: near 9 Shore Rd, Bronx, NY 10464

 

City Island Road Station, also known as the Bartow Station is hidden in plain sight near the entrance road to the Hutchinson River Parkway. It sits abandoned and in ruins along the tracks, about a 100 feet from Shore Road in the Bronx.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

Built for the Harlem River and Port Chester Railroad, a branch line railroad between New York City and Port Chester, New York. The line opened in 1873 as part of the New York, New Haven and Hartford commuter railroad.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

Bartow Station was designed by Cass Gilbert and built in 1908 as a replacement for an existing wooden station in what was then called Bartow-on-the-Sound. After getting off at the station you could connect to a trolley into City Island.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

Built of stone with arched windows and sturdy walls, the station stands at track level.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

From 1910-1913, a monorail ran from Bartow Station throughout City Island. The trolley into City Island ran until 1919 and the Harlem branch ceased passenger service in the 1930’s.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

In 1910, during its inaugural journey, the monorail lurched over, sending scores of people to the hospital.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

With the roof now gone, likely due to fire, all that remains are the brick walls and some steel beams.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

Now it’s a haven for graffiti artists who have tagged the brick walls with their art.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

The wheelbarrow is cable locked to the ladder.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

The chimney still stands tall as it seemingly reaches for the sky.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

We wandered around capturing images and didn’t run into anyone while we were there. I wouldn’t recommend coming here at night for obvious reasons. The vegetation overgrowth will make it difficult to find and navigate through if you visit in the warmer months.

Bartow Station

Bartow Station

Please be advised that the station is very close to an active Amtrak line and take proper precautions if you decide to visit these ruins.

Now get out there and explore!

Get out there and explore!

Get out there and explore!

 

 

 

 

 

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