Nassau (Staten Island Railway station)

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Former Staten Island Railway rapid transit station
Nassau Station.jpg
Nassau station from the St. George-bound platform in July 2014.
Station statistics
Address Saint Andrews Place & Bethel Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10307
Borough Staten Island
Locale Tottenville, Charleston
Coordinates 40°31′04″N 74°14′18″W / 40.5178°N 74.2384°W / 40.5178; -74.2384Coordinates: 40°31′04″N 74°14′18″W / 40.5178°N 74.2384°W / 40.5178; -74.2384
Services none (closed)
Structure At-grade
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened after 1922[1]'
Closed January 21, 2017[2]
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Staten Island Railway   Following station
toward St. George
Main Line
toward Tottenville
toward St. George
Main Line
opened 2017 (station closed)

Nassau is an abandoned Staten Island Railway station located roughly between the neighborhoods of Tottenville (to the south) and Charleston (to the north), in Staten Island, New York. The station, along with the Atlantic station, was closed on January 21, 2017, replaced by the new Arthur Kill station.


View of the station from the overpass, showing the closed portions of the platforms.

Nassau station opened sometime after 1921, over sixty years after the opening of the 1860 opening of the Staten Island Railway from Annadale to Tottenville.[1] The station was named for the nearby Nassau Smelting & Refining Company,[3] which extended the station to its current length in the 1970s.[4] The factory opened in 1882 as the Tottenville Copper Works and changed its name in 1931 to the Nassau Smelting & Refining Company. As a subsidiary of Bell Telephone System's Western Electric division, the factory recycled obsolete telephone equipment and manufactured copper wire and solder. It would later be called AT&T Nassau Metals. For more than 20 years, the site was a vacant brownfield, until the land was cleaned up in 2007 and became environmentally safe for future development.[5][6]

In about 1971, the station platforms were extended to 300 feet, funded in part, by the Nassau Smelting Plant. The station extension was built on timber covered with asphalt. Nassau, along with the nearby Atlantic station (also built next to a factory), were not modernized in the 1990s along with the rest of the line, because of the proposed replacement station at Arthur Kill Road. Due to structural deterioration of the extension and lack of maintenance, on September 2, 2010 most of Nassau station towards the eastern end was closed off.[4][7][8] Construction on the replacement station, now simply called Arthur Kill, began in October 2013,[9][4][3][8] and was opened on January 21, 2017.[10] With the opening of Arthur Kill, the Nassau station was closed and demolished.[11]

Station layout[edit]

M - Crossover between platforms
Side platform, not in service
Southbound Main does not stop here (Arthur Kill)
Northbound Main does not stop here (Richmond Valley)
Side platform, not in service
A sign barricading the entrance to the Nassau station, directing passengers to the new Arthur Kill station.

In the St. George-bound direction, the station is located at Bethel Avenue and Saint Andrews Place. In the Tottenville-bound direction, it is at the end of Nassau Place. This station contains two four-car length (300 foot)[4] side platforms, but three-fourths of each platform towards the station's east (railroad north) end is closed and walled-off. This leaves only the pre-extension portions of the platforms, measuring 80 feet (24 m) long each. Much like the nearby Atlantic station, only the last car of a train used to serve the station.[4][12][8] An overpass and exits are located at the west (railroad south) end. The staircase to St. Andrews Place on the east side has no canopy. The overpass is still accessible, but the stairways leading down to the platforms are walled off.

An abandoned siding sits next to the southbound (geographically northern) platform, which used to serve the Nassau Smelting & Refining Company.[4][13]


  1. ^ a b The line to Tottenville was open by 1860 according to Irvin Leigh and Paul Matus (December 23, 2001). "SIRT The Essential History". p. 5. Retrieved March 3, 2009. , however Nassau did not appear in a SIRT timetable from 1921 according to "Time-Table No. 8 October 16, 1921". Retrieved March 23, 2009.  A map from 1922 also did not list the station according to "Staten Island Railway Office of Valuation Engineer" (PDF). Retrieved October 11, 2015.  A system map from 1949 did list the Nassau station according to Calcagno, Michael. "SIRT Track Map". Retrieved March 24, 2009. 
  2. ^ "New Arthur Kill Station" (Press release). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 20, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Stein, Mark D. (September 27, 2012). "It's official: New Staten Island Railway access for Tottenville". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Partial Closure of the Staten Island Railway Nassau Station" (Press release). MTA New York City Transit. August 30, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ Nyback, Glenn (October 1, 2006). "Cleanup of former Nassau Smelting site to begin". Staten Island Advance. Archived from the original on March 16, 2007. 
  6. ^ Yates, Maura (June 2, 2010). "Railway marking 150 years". Staten Island Advance. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ Yates, Maura (September 1, 2010). "Nassau S.I. Railway station platform gets shorter". Staten Island Advance. Archived from the original on September 3, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "Groundbreaking for New MTA Staten Island Railway Arthur Kill Station in Tottenville". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 18, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "New Arthur Kill Station". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 20, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting June 2016" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Service Changes: Nassau". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ Zaffarano, Steve (May 8, 2015). "Vintage photos of the 1980s on Staten Island: assau Smelting circa 1984 for Memories in Sunday News.". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 

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