Ghosts of the Polo Grounds Shuttle

Janes Walk

Led By Tom Gaffney and Brad Farwell AND Brad Farwell, Municipal Art Society member

We will track the route of the northern end of the 9th Ave El, which in 1940 came to be known as the Polo Grounds Shuttle. Some remnants are plainly visible; some hidden in plain sight and some not so easy to spot. We will examine the impact of transit access to the Highbridge area of the Bronx, which rapidly developed from woods, marsh and farmland to a suburban community, and then to an urban community. We will climb hills and stairs during this walk.

Saturday, May 4
9:00 AM
1-2 hours
In Person

Borough: Bronx
Theme: History & Culture
Accessibility: Family-friendly
abandoned Anderson-Jerome Avenues Station in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx
Anderson-Jerome Avenues Station. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Sapphire Williams. Modifications: photo cropped.
Meeting Location

We will meet at the turnstiles in the 167th Street station on the No. 4 line. If you are arriving by subway, do not exit the station, as we may wish to go up to the platform for an overview.


No. 4 train

Closest Parking

Street parking

Finding your walk leader

We will be at the turnstiles at the 167th Street station by 8:45am

Ending Location

The walk will end at 161st Street and Sedgwick Avenue. For those so inclined, we can then continue over the 155th Street Bridge, then down Edgecombe Avenue to 141st Street, and stop in at The Grange on Amsterdam Avenue. This will add another 1.5 miles to the walk, and involves one fairly long, steep hill.

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