New York Coliseum (1928)

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The modified Coliseum as of 2009, now the West Farms Bus Depot

The New York Coliseum is a defunct sports venue and auditorium in New York City, in the borough of The Bronx.

The 105,000-square-foot (9,800 m2) auditorium was originally built for Philadelphia's 1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition, and transported in 1928 to Starlight Park at 177th Street and Devoe Avenue in the West Farms section of the Bronx. It was also referred to as Starlight Park Stadium.

The 15,000-seat edifice was used for circuses, boxing, political rallies, opera, and midget auto racing. The Coliseum hosted the defunct Eastern Hockey League's Bronx Tigers franchise for two seasons, 1933–34, and 1937–38. In late 1939, it was the home of the New York Giants of the short-lived National Professional Indoor Baseball League.

The U.S. Army controlled the building from 1942 through 1946, after which it was used by New York City Transit Authority buses as the Coliseum Depot.[1] In 1995, the Transit Authority closed the depot, and reopened it in 2003 as the West Farms Bus Depot.[2] Only two parts of the original facade of the building remain on the rebuilt depot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gray, Christopher (March 22, 1992). "The New York Coliseum; From Auditorium To Bus Garage to ..." New York Times. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "New York City Transit - History and Chronology". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved August 23, 2017.

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Coordinates: 40°50′17.74″N 73°52′40.93″W / 40.8382611°N 73.8780361°W / 40.8382611; -73.8780361