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Ribbon Cutting Marks MTA NYC Transit’s Rehab of Dyckman St 1 IRT Stop

Dyckman St. 1 Station
Dyckman St. 1 Station
The rehabilitation of Upper Manhattan’s Dyckman St 1 Subway Line Icon IRT Station was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by MTA Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer, NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco, and local elected representatives.  The event highlighted an extensive two-year rehabilitation that breathed new life into the Inwood stop and saw the addition of an elevator linking the mezzanine level and the southbound platform.
“As part of this contract, NYC Transit was also able to carry out line structure steel repairs, waterproofing and track replacement, said Vice Chairman Ferrer.  Together with the other work we have completed along this corridor, customers will see more reliable service and vastly improved amenities.?
Opened in March 1906, the station is nestled at the intersection of Dyckman (200th) Street, Nagle Avenue, Fort George Hill and Hillside Avenue.  The station serves the Dyckman Houses, the bustling Dyckman Street shopping strip and the vibrant areas of northern Washington Heights and the southern edge of Inwood. The masonry station house is situated below the tracks and abuts the base of the Hill.  
Located at a point where the line transitions from subway to elevated, the two-track station is built on an embankment adjacent to the tunnel portal beneath Fort George Hill.  Here, Manhattan’s landscape transitions abruptly.  Though the line maintains a level grade, the next station south – 191 Street – is only nine blocks away, yet is the deepest in the system.
“The location and architecture of this station are unique and this rehabilitation does much to restore the attractiveness that had been worn away by age and use.  We have been able to fully rehabilitate this historic station, improving the structural aspects and customer amenities while retaining the unique architectural features that have made this station so visually special,? said Bianco. “This is a dramatic illustration of how vital capital funding is to the health of the MTA -- with billions of dollars required to make aesthetic and structural upgrades to a system built when horse cars and trollies were the major modes of transportation.?
In addition to the $31 million Dyckman St 1 Subway Line Icon Station rehab, $23 million of component work was completed at five other stations along the northern portion of the line: 207 St, 215 St, 225 St, 238 St and Van Cortlandt Park-242 St.  Platform edges and canopies were replaced at all five stations.  Street stairs were also replaced at the 207 St and 225 St stations.
At Dyckman St 1 Subway Line Icon Station, MTA Arts for Transit commissioned an artist to create additional artwork during the station’s rehabilitation.  Wopo Holup found inspiration in nature, creating “Birds in Flight-Moon View? which consists of ceramic tile reliefs of birds in flight that were originally installed in 1991 within the white tile of the mezzanine wall and stairwells.  The new work provides a view of the earth from the moon’s point of view.  In the artist’s words, “Birds in Flight-Moon View? greets customers upon entering the station and emphasizes nature and the vastness of the universe.’’    
Structurally, the rehabilitation included the installation of two new concrete side platforms, a refurbished Fort George Tunnel Portal, new platform windscreens, new canopies (which include salvaged wood rafters), and a refurbished control area with restored historic finishes.  
Some of these finishes include wood-framed windows, mosaic tiles, granite floor tiles, plaster ceiling, ceramic wall tiles and “iron-spot? bricks, replicated cast iron guardrails, and restored mosaic tile signage at the platform level.  New cast iron lighting fixtures were installed at the entrance and platform level, designed to reflect the historical era of the originals.   
The new elevator, serving the downtown platform, is the first of its kind to be installed at New York City Transit.  It features an energy-efficient, reliable, machine room-less (MRL) elevator system.  This type of elevator uses conventional steel cord ropes as hoisting cables operated by a motorized traction hoisting machine installed at the top side wall.        
Other ADA upgrades include a ramp at the station entrance, realignment of the station platforms, modification of the station staircases, installation of new railings and door handles.  Additionally, the sidewalk leading to the station head-house has been reconfigured to improve pedestrian safety.
Structural steel and waterproofing on both the northbound and southbound sides of the through span were replaced as part of the Dyckman contract and new tracks were installed along the entire length of the station.
Actual work on Dyckman St. 1 Subway Line Icon Station was completed in late 2013. 
AFTER: Dyckman St. Station 2014
AFTER: Dyckman St. Station 2014
BEFORE: Dyckman St. Station 2007
BEFORE: Dyckman St. Station 2007