Morris Park station

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 Morris Park
 "5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Morris Park Station.jpg
Station statistics
AddressPaulding Avenue & Esplanade
Bronx, NY 10462
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleMorris Park
Coordinates40°51′16″N 73°51′37″W / 40.854429°N 73.860397°W / 40.854429; -73.860397Coordinates: 40°51′16″N 73°51′37″W / 40.854429°N 73.860397°W / 40.854429; -73.860397
DivisionA (IRT, formerly NYW&B)
LineIRT Dyre Avenue Line
Services      5 all times (all times)
StructurePartially underground and partially on embankment
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedMay 29, 1912; 107 years ago (1912-05-29) (NYW&B station)
May 15, 1941; 78 years ago (1941-05-15) (re-opened as a Subway station)
ClosedDecember 12, 1937; 81 years ago (1937-12-12) (NYW&B station)
Station code446[1]
Passengers (2018)668,423[2]Decrease 2.5%
Rank389 out of 424
Station succession
Next northPelham Parkway: 5 all times
Next southEast 180th Street: 5 all times
Morris Park Station
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Morris Park station is located in New York
Morris Park station
Morris Park station is located in the United States
Morris Park station
LocationUnder Esplanade Ave. at Bogart and Colden Ave. and Hone Ave., Bronx, New York
Coordinates40°51′16″N 73°51′37″W / 40.854429°N 73.860397°W / 40.854429; -73.860397
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectReed and Stem; Fellheimer & Long
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival
MPSNew York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference #05000677[3]
Added to NRHPJuly 6, 2005

Morris Park is a station on the IRT Dyre Avenue Line of the New York City Subway served by the 5 train at all times. It is at Paulding Avenue and the Esplanade in Morris Park, Bronx.


Track layout

The station was first placed in service in 1912 as part of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railroad, a subsidiary of the New York, New Haven and Hartford. The line was designed for the weight of the heaviest main line steam trains.

The emblem of the NYW&B, was the caduceus, a staff entwined with serpents that has served as a symbol of commerce since Classical times. It is cast into several locations of the concrete facade facing the Esplanade. The NYW&B offered frequent service between 138th Street in the South Bronx and White Plains and Port Chester in Westchester County. The White Plains and Port Chester branches diverged at Mount Vernon Junction near Columbus Avenue along the boundary between Mount Vernon and Pelham.

The two outer tracks at Morris Park were for trains that made local stops in the Bronx, and went to Port Chester. The two inner tracks were for express trains that made limited stops in The Bronx, and went to White Plains. The trains were powered by 11,000 volt 25 Hz alternating current supplied from overhead catenary. The cut-off stumps of the catenary bridges remain along the right of way and can be seen from the south ends of the platforms.

The NYW&B was doomed by the bankruptcy of its patron, the New Haven. Service ended in 1937.

A few years later, the portion in The Bronx became part of the New York City Transit System. Initial subway service was a shuttle (nicknamed "The Dinky") to the old NYW&B platforms at East 180th Street. In the late 1950s, the construction of a flying junction with the White Plains Road line allowed Dyre Avenue trains to enter the East 180th Street subway station and continue to Manhattan.

Around this period, the Morris Park platforms were extended towards the south to accommodate ten-car subway trains. This required reducing the height of the outboard plate girders of the bridge over Colden Avenue so that the bottoms of the platforms would be above the tops of the girders. The massive overdesign of the bridge allowed ample margin for trimming the girders.

On November 24, 1979, an R22 car, #7602, was involved in a rear-ending accident here.

The Bronx-bound platform was closed for renovation from February 17, 1992 to August 31, 1992, earlier than its expected reopening in late fall 1992.[4] As part of the project, the station received new benches, fluorescent lighting, an upgraded electrical system and stairway from the station building to Paulding Avenue. The station renovation was to be fully completed in November with repairs to the station building, including a new ceiling, a new clay-tile roof, and new windows and doors.[5]

In the late 1990s, the original concrete exterior walls alongside the station platforms and the original roof that was supported on concrete columns and massive cantilevered timbers were replaced with steel bents supporting a clad metal wall system and a corrugated metal roof deck.

Station layout[edit]

4F Ground Level Ground Level (north of station, no entrances/exits)
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "5" train toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue (Pelham Parkway)
Northbound express No passenger service
Southbound express No regular service
Southbound local "5" train toward Flatbush Avenue weekdays, Bowling Green weekends, East 180th Street weekday late nights (East 180th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
2F Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
1F Ground Level Entrances/Exits, Ground Level (south of station)
Tunnel portal at north end

The station has two side platforms with four tracks (two center express tracks formerly used by the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway) and is partially underground and partially on an embankment. The underground portion is at the south end of a 4,000-foot (1,200 m) long, four-track tunnel under the Bronx and Pelham Parkway. This tunnel includes a four-track underground station called Pelham Parkway about half mile from Morris Park. The heavy construction and high clearances greatly exceed the size and weight requirements of IRT subway cars.

From the 1990s until the early 2000s the platform walls had a red and blue skyline design, before being painted beige. The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 6, 2005.


The station's only entrance/exit is a head house at the southwest corner of Esplanade and Paulding Avenue.[6] The head house is notable for its graceful Spanish Mission style architecture and robust reinforced concrete construction. The handsome exterior, with its tall arched windows and tiled roof, has been restored to good condition. It was designed by Alfred T. Fellheimer, who was the lead architect for Grand Central Terminal.[7]

There was formerly an exit at under the tracks with a waiting room that led to the north side Colden Avenue near Lydig Avenue. It is now bricked over.


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Attention 5 Subway Customers: Morris Park Bronx-bound platform is closing February 17th to late Fall 1992". New York Daily News. February 14, 1992. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "It's Fixed. Morris Park station Dyre Av-bound platform re-opens 7 AM Monday, August 31". New York Daily News. August 28, 1992. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Pelham Parkway" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  7. ^ White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot (June 2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-8129-3107-6.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   New York, Westchester and Boston Railway   Following station
Former services
East 180th Street   Main Line   Pelham Parkway