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  1. Keith says:

    I’d love to see it happen too if only Yonkers politics doesn’t get in the way.

    • William Hays says:

      Lots’a luck with Yonkers politics getting out of the way. Dat’s how the politicians survive…

      • Emily says:

        Well it seems that the Yonkers folks voted for it unanimously… I think it is up to the state now to determine if they can take over the park lands and build on it, which most residents don’t seem to keen on. I imagine that if that falls through, the project will get nowhere, as there’s no purpose to build this entire thing and have no parking there whatsoever.

    • harry says:

      I hear ya but only way this will happen is if the greedy politicians can fill there pockets with money I’m sure they will figure a way . and then the fact that that aint the most best hood around there is lots of crime in that area i think it woukd fail like what happenend in getty square with the water front idea they had there them greedy sons of bitches ruined yonkers . yonkers was nice at one time

  2. Steve says:

    Don’t forget the other power plant that was part of terminal city. It was located on the site of the Waldorf-Astoria which replaced it.

  3. William Hays says:

    There was a power plant, in the bowels of GCT, on the east side (46th St. & Lex?). It went down four levels, even lower than the baggage tunnels and steam tunnels. I was never granted entry.

    • Emily says:

      I’m pretty sure there was one in the city where there was an explosion during the construction of GCT. I have a very old copy of a newspaper article, I’ll have to dig it out. May be the same place you’re mentioning.

      • William Hays says:

        Never heard of an ‘explosion’, other than the required blasting for construction. Dat Manhattan Schist and Fordham Gneiss is tough stuff! That I do know! We sent our excavated material and construction debris up to Morrisania yard. Wither it went, I don’t know. Perhaps it is rip-rap along the Hudson.

    • Lee says:

      I believe the facility deep underneath Grand Central was actually a substation to convert AC into DC to power the trains, and it is no longer in use. AC/DC substations once required large mechanical rotary converters while today solid-state units are used.

      On the Long Island Rail Road, there are some old substation buildings still standing, in the style that the Pennsylvania Railroad used for its original electrification. One is at Mineola. Another can be seen on the right side on a NJT train as it approaches the Hudson River tunnels near Secaucus.

      Many old power stations and substations were built to be attractive dignified structures. There is a virtually abandoned Philadelphia Electric Co. power station in the Port Richmond section of the city that’s awaiting restoration (it’s visible from the Atlantic City train.)

      One challenge in restoring old power station buildings is that they may contain considerable amounts of PCBs and asbestos, and cleanup is expensive.

      • Emily says:

        Oh, okay, so you must be talking about M42, which is technically a part of Grand Central. I’ve been down there once… people do still work there, and the old machinery is all still there, but it isn’t actually used. While its location is supposed to be “super secret,” there is an old freight elevator across from the police station on the lower level of GCT that goes there.

        And yes, I think you’re right about the cleanup issues… the plan for restoration did mention some type of pollution on the site, but it didn’t go into detail.

  4. William Hays says:

    What’s the status of the Port Morris power plant? Never heard of that one, me. Is the Port Morris Branch, from Morrisania, still in service? The Morrisania yard was a favorite place for NYPDs ‘Finest’ to “cop” a nap, or whatever….

  5. William Hays says:

    Didn’t CSX build a by-pass, from the old Flexi-van Terminal to Port Morris and the Bronx Terminal Market? Maybe you, and the “Fish Eye”, can tour the tunnel from Morrisania, eastward next Hallow’een. That would be, truly, spookey. Bring your Glock! Boo!
    Off topic: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad had a barge-serviced terminal around 138th Street and the Harlem River. Just a dinky thingie, with a round freight house and a small Diesel servicing it. Last I remember, it was an export base for old NY taxicabs going to South America and a new life.

  6. therealguyfaux says:

    New York’s version of Battersea Power Station, a disused generating station in London that has just sat there for the last thirty years, as it was too expensive to maintain and too expensive to tear down, and all sorts of proposals were floated for its reuse. It may be that’s where their inspiration is coming from; Battersea, now that the liens and encumbrances are finally off, and it’s available for redevelopment, are being turned into condos, I believe, with some retail and office space.

  7. Diana Cherian says:

    Students at Yonkers Middle High School have selected to repurpose this building as part of their ACE(Architecture, Construction, Engineering) project.
    Their proposal is to turn it into a Family oriented- Educational, Research, recreational center for kids and young adults.
    The need of the hour is Yonkers based professionals in the ACE field to mentor/guide our students through the project. This great learning opportunity needs support from professionals in Yonkers.

  8. Al Brecken says:

    Because the Port Morris station was adjacent to the ROW of the NHRR , a “tie” power circuit linked Port Morris with the Cos Cob Powerhouse. This compelled the NHRR power engineers to operate Cos Cob with 25 cycle power , the Port Morris frequency , instead of a lower frequency with was given serious consideration.

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