110th Street (IRT Ninth Avenue Line)

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110th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYC Elevated RR 110thSt.png
110th Street Station's suicide curve; 1896.
Station statistics
Borough Manhattan
Line IRT Ninth Avenue Line
Services None
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
(1 upper level)
(2 lower level)
Other information
Closed June 11, 1940; 74 years ago (June 11, 1940)
Station succession
Next north 116th Street
Next south 104th Street

110th Street was a 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 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.[1]

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.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ninth Avenue Local". Station Reporter. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ 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).
  3. ^ *"Merchants Complain Suicides Hurt Business; Seek Way to Guard 110th St. Elevated Station" - New York Times, January 31, 1927, p. 19
1900 Postcard of the same suicide curve at another angle.

Coordinates: 40°48′4.02″N 73°57′34.7″W / 40.8011167°N 73.959639°W / 40.8011167; -73.959639