Renovation Restores Historic Bronx Subway Station
It used to be known as the Grand Central of the Bronx, a train administration center that later became a subway station that slid into disrepair. But now, as NY1 transit reporter Jose Martinez, it's once again ready for its closeup.
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The grandeur is back at the century-old East 180th Street subway station.
A multi-million dollar renovation is returning some luster to the building with a history far deeper than your average station.
Before subway cars stopped at the station, the building was an administration center for J.P. Morgan's New York, Westchester and Boston Railway.
"Over the years, it began to be a little shabby, and it began to fall apart a bit," said Lloyd Ultan, a Bronx borough historian. "And so now, 100 years after it opened up, it has been completely restored, And now, you can see it in all of its glory and all of its elegance."
The improvements include a face lift to the landmark entrance. There are also new platforms and track beds and two elevators. The station now complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Topping it off is a clock similar to the one that went missing from the front of the station long ago. It was donated by the president of the company that renovated it.
"He came up and said, 'I'm going to find the clock that fits, I'm going to put it up there,'" said Fernando Ferrer, the acting MTA chairman. "It's my gift to the station."
The two-year $66.5 million renovation has given new life and shine to a station that was a crown jewel of the Bronx when it opened close to 100 years ago, before time took a heavy toll.
"It was dirty," said Daniel Torres, who uses the station regularly. "I mean, they had old steps, cracked. Sometimes, they had to close it down because they had water damage, water leaks. There was a lot of issues here at 180."
More than 2 million subway riders pass through the station each year, and now, they'll once again come and go under a clock with a not-so-hidden message.
"The clock itself, of course, was supposed to remind people that the railroad is always on time," Ultan said.