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Sending Postcards from the Harlem Line (Part 3) History Photos

If there is one thing that Westchester people have taught me, it is how to spend money (there are many times in which I feel that I am a strange observer here, really). Though instead of purchasing those two-hundred-dollar-a-pair pants from the Westchester Mall, I’ve decided to “invest” the precious little income I make in collection of postcards (uhh, and other things. I am an eBay addict). Westchester people are funny to me, really they are. If you get a whole bunch of them into a single elevator and each person pushes a different floor button, somebody inevitably makes a...

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The Harlem Line, in panoramas Photos Tuesday Tours

I’ve spent many months posting various panoramas of the Harlem Line stations. I’m now excited to be able to post the entire Harlem Line, viewed in panoramas. You can watch as the farmland and rural greenery morphs into the suburbs, before changing into the concrete jungle of New York City. If you want to see more photos from each of the stations, just click on the picture. Anybody have a favorite panorama? I think my two favorites are Tenmile River and Harlem-125th Street – the two of them are polar opposites in terms of the scenery visible while taking a...

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Sending Postcards from the Harlem Line (Part 2) Trains Photos

Back in November I posted a whole bunch of postcards that I had collected of stations along the Harlem. I had promised a part two, and here it is now… but why stop at just part two? I’ve sort of realized I have quite the boatload of postcards, and I keep acquiring them. One of my rather lofty goals was to be able to collect a postcard for each Harlem railroad station. But I also couldn’t help purchasing alternate designs of the same stations. So although some places I have no postcards for, there are others that I have a...

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Tuesday Tour of the Harlem Line: Scarsdale Trains Photos Tuesday Tours

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I don’t really like trains. Really, I don’t. Trains are a means to getting somewhere, and you can often meet intriguing people aboard, but the mechanical object that is a train doesn’t really interest me. The thing that interests me about trains though, is how they effect people and place. Over its long history, as New York City’s first railroad – chartered in 1831, the New York & Harlem Railroad (todays Harlem Line) has undeniably had a significant influence on the towns it traversed. The railroad was an important catalyst for the growth of...

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Tuesday Tour of the Harlem Line: Tuckahoe Trains Photos Tuesday Tours

This Tuesday we visit yet another Westchester Harlem Line station: Tuckahoe. Tuckahoe is interesting in both an artistic sense, as well as historical. It is one of the few stations on the line that has an Arts For Transit piece, and the old station building still survives. It may not be used for selling tickets any longer, but it is beautifully restored and is occupied by Starbucks. Tuckahoe itself is village located in the town of Eastchester, in the southern portion of Westchester county. Although the railroad played a significant part in the growth of Tuckahoe and all of the...

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Tuesday Tour of the Harlem Line: Chappaqua Trains Photos Tuesday Tours

Several train stations currently operated by Metro-North are on the National Register of Historic Places, and Chappaqua is one example on the Harlem Line. The station building was built for the New York Central in 1902, and was designed by Charles Reed… a name you might be familiar with. Reed formed an architecture firm with Allen Stem, called (surprise!) Reed & Stem. That firm won the competition for the design of Grand Central Terminal. The station was restored in 2005 by Wank Adams Slavin Associates. It contains the original ticket booth, though Metro-North no longer uses it, a waiting room,...

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