Harlem–125th Street (Metro-North station)
|Harlem – 125th Street|
View from inbound train as an outbound New Haven Line train departs.
|Address||101 East 125th Street
and 1818 Park Avenue
East Harlem, New York, New York 10035
|Connections||New York City Subway:
trains at 125th Street
NYCT Bus: M1 (NB), M35, M60 to LGA, M98, M100, M101, Bx15
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Electrified||700V (DC) third rail|
|Owned by||Metropolitan Transportation Authority|
The Harlem – 125th Street Metro-North Railroad station serves residents of the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York and commuters who work in Harlem via the Hudson Line, Harlem Line and New Haven Line. It is the only station besides Grand Central Terminal that serves all three lines east of the Hudson River. Trains leave for Grand Central Terminal, the Bronx and the northern suburbs regularly.
The station was built in 1896–97 and designed by Morgan O'Brien, New York Central and Hudson River Railroad principal architect. It replaced an earlier one that was built in 1874 when the New York Central and the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, the ancestors of today's Metro-North, moved the tracks from an open cut to the present-day elevated viaduct. The original station on the site was built in 1844, when the trains ran at grade-level on what is now Park Avenue. That station was demolished to make way for the open cut.
A six-year long renovation of the 1897 structure was completed in 1999 and cleared out a century's worth of neglect and deterioration. The entire Park Avenue viaduct was replaced piece-by-piece without disturbing Metro-North service for the duration of the renovation. The renovation is considered a replication, rather than renovation, of the original 1930s version of the station being that none of the original structure is visible to the public.
The station is used for travel to and from suburbs north of New York City and the Bronx rather than travel to and from Grand Central Terminal. Except for off-peak local trains on the Harlem and Hudson Lines, northbound trains stop at the station only to receive passengers while southbound trains stop only to discharge passengers.
Platforms and tracks
|3, 1||■Harlem Line||for Grand Central|
|■Hudson Line||for Grand Central|
|■New Haven Line||for Grand Central|
|2, 4||■Harlem Line||for Wassaic|
|■Hudson Line||for Poughkeepsie|
|■New Haven Line||for New Haven – State Street, New Canaan, and Danbury|
There are two high-level island platforms, each serving two tracks. During midday, evenings, and weekends, passengers wait on the eastern platform for trains departing from Tracks 1 and 3 and exit on the western platform from trains arriving on Tracks 2 and 4. During rush hours three tracks are typically assigned to the peak direction (southbound in the morning, northbound in the evening).
- Kelley, Tina (1999-12-19). "Six Years in the Making, a Reconstructed Metro-North Station Opens in Harlem". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
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