Cortlandt Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)

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Not to be confused with Cortlandt Street (BMT Broadway Line).
Cortlandt Street
no regular service
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Cortlandt St station demolished.jpg
Station destruction caused by September 11, 2001 attacks
Station statistics
Address Cortlandt Street & Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10280
Borough Manhattan
Locale Financial District, World Trade Center
Coordinates 40°42′36″N 74°00′43″W / 40.710°N 74.012°W / 40.710; -74.012Coordinates: 40°42′36″N 74°00′43″W / 40.710°N 74.012°W / 40.710; -74.012
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services no regular service
Connection PATH: NWK–WTC and HOB–WTC trains at World Trade Center
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 1, 1918; 96 years ago (1918-07-01)
Closed September 11, 2001; 13 years ago (2001-09-11)
Rebuilt 2018; 3 years' time (2018) (projected)[1]
Former/other names Cortlandt Street – World Trade Center
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 0[2]Steady 0%
Rank 421 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Chambers Street: no regular service
Next south Rector Street: no regular service

Cortlandt Street (also known as Cortlandt Street – World Trade Center) is a temporarily closed station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway in Lower Manhattan. The station was demolished after sustaining heavy damage during the September 11 attacks and is currently being reconstructed as a part of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Entrances/Exits
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
P
Platform level
Side platform, under construction
Northbound NYCS 1 does not stop here
NYCS 1 (under construction) toward Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street (Chambers Street)
Southbound NYCS 1 does not stop here →
NYCS 1 (under construction) toward South Ferry (Rector Street)
Side platform, under construction

The original station was originally located under Cortlandt and Greenwich streets, with a standard two side platform layout with two tracks. It will be connected to the Cortlandt Street, Chambers Street – World Trade Center / Park Place, and World Trade Center stations to become the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The station was named after Cortlandt Street, which formerly ran east and west from Broadway to West Street in Lower Manhattan, nicknamed "Radio Row" because of the many electronics dealers on the street. The station was constructed and opened in 1918. It was originally located under Cortlandt and Greenwich streets, with a standard two side platform layout with two tracks and mosaic decorations by Squire J. Vickers depicting a ship.

In 1965, Cortlandt Street west of Church Street was demolished to create the superblock of the World Trade Center. The station, with entrances at Vesey Street and inside the World Trade Center concourse, was not particularly close to the remaining block of Cortlandt Street. The old tiling and mosaics disappeared and were replaced with 1970s-style tiles. One of the Vickers mosaics is preserved in the New York Transit Museum.

September 11 attacks[edit]

The station and the surrounding subway tunnels were severely damaged in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the collapse of Two World Trade Center, resulting in the closure of the line south of Chambers Street. The steel I-beams of the station were crumpled and the station roof began to collapse. To quickly restore service to Rector Street and South Ferry stations to the south, workers demolished the remainder of the station and built walls where the platforms used to be. About 1,000 feet (300 m) of tunnels and trackage, including 575 feet (175 m) of totally destroyed tunnels and tracks in the vicinity of the station site as it traversed Ground Zero, were entirely rebuilt. However, officials wanted only to reopen Rector and South Ferry stations at the time. The Cortlandt Street station was to be demolished and rebuilt as part of the greater World Trade Center reconstruction project.[3] The line reopened on September 15, 2002, with trains bypassing the site of the Cortlandt Street station.[4]

The northern entrance at Vesey Street was under a staircase to the plaza above. After the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, the staircase still stood and became known as the Survivors' Staircase.[5] The stairs were moved into the National September 11 Museum in July 2008.[6]

Reconstruction and delays[edit]

In October 2008, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey stated in a report that it had come to an agreement with the MTA on reconstructing the Cortlandt Street station. The MTA would pay the Port Authority to rebuild the station as part of the Port Authority's World Trade Center Transportation Hub contract, in order to make the construction process more efficient. The Port Authority was set to complete underpinning and excavation under the tunnel structure by the second quarter of 2010, and start basic construction of the station during the 3rd quarter. Station finishes would start during the second quarter of 2011.[7] In the 2010 – 2nd Quarter report, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) confirmed that excavation under the tunnel structure of the World Trade Center site was nearly complete, and that construction of the Cortlandt Street station would begin during the 3rd quarter of 2010.[8] As of September 2011, work continues on the station mezzanine and platforms.[1]

Disputes between the PANYNJ and the MTA over who would pay for the renovation had caused the planned opening of the station to be delayed from 2014 to 2018. In 2013, the PANYNJ awarded a contract to rebuild the station. The first phase of the demolition of the original station cost $19 million.[9] As of December 2013, the area is still being rebuilt,[10] and as of February 2015, the PANYNJ and the MTA have agreed to finish the station. The part of the Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line on which Cortlandt Street station is located, south of Chambers Street, will probably be partially or intermittently closed between 2015 and 2018 to allow the station to resume construction.[11]

The tracks are walled off for the protection of the workers while the construction is underway. As a result of the massive excavation in the World Trade Center site, the 1 train uses an enclosed elevated structure briefly when passing the site of the station. The station is planned to have a connection to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and the Fulton Center when it reopens.[1][9] Station finishes, including tiles and lighting, will be installed in the station between May 2015 and 2018. The reconstruction of the station will probably cost $101 million. A weaving-based artwork by Ann Hamilton will be installed in the station by MTA Arts and Design.[12]

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

External video
YouTube video clips
Video of the station taken in 1997-1998
World Trade Center NYC. The Vesey Street entrance in 1999 can be seen from 3:45 till 3:57
A rare view of Ground Zero on 9-16-01. The same entrance, already destroyed, can be seen from 5:25 till 7:20
Ten Years Later: MTA Reflects on 9/11, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; September 7, 2011; 4:20
  1. ^ a b c Jennifer Fermino (September 7, 2011). "Cortlandt Street station comes back to life". New York Post (New York City: New York Post). Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, Randy (January 4, 2002). "Subway Line In Attack May Reopen Much Earlier". The New York Times (New York City: The New York Times). Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Randy (September 17, 2002). "Tunnel Vision; With Station's Reopening, Even Commuters Smile". The New York Times (New York City: The New York Times). Retrieved October 6, 2007. 
  5. ^ Pinto, Nick (October 1, 2007). "Last Days Of The Lost Station". The Tribeca Trib. 
  6. ^ Dunlap, David (July 18, 2008). "A Last Glimpse of the Survivors' Stairway". City Room. New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ World Trade Center Report: A Roadmap Forward - Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, October 2008, page 50
  8. ^ World Trade Center Quarterly Report - 2nd Quarter 2010, pp. 9, 11
  9. ^ a b "NYC Subway Station Destroyed on 9/11 to Reopen in 2018". WNBC (New York City: NBC New York). February 23, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ Work at Cortlandt Street station #1 train continues above ground at WTC Transportation Hub
  11. ^ Jose Martinez (23 February 2015). "Cortlandt Street Station, Destroyed in 9/11, to Get New Life". NY1. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Dunlap, David (28 April 2015). "At Cortlandt Street Subway Station, Art Woven From Words". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 

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