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Although the city of New Haven may be known for its attractive Union Station (completed in 1920, designed by architect Cass Gilbert, and most likely the second most beautiful station used by Metro-North), it does have another smaller train station that serves both Shore Line East and Metro-North. Although not nearly as grand as Union Station, which is located down the street and less than a mile away, State Street station is a relatively new (completed in 2002) and attractive facility. State Street station is just one part of Connecticut’s I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Project. My name is Emily, though I am known by many who ride the train simply as Cat Girl, for the hats I customarily wear during the winter time. Usage of I Ride the Harlem Line photographs or text on any other site, or in any other media without permission is EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN.
This site is not endorsed nor affiliated in any way with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority or Metro-North Railroad. Thus far on our tour of the Hudson Line, we’ve visited some very attractive stations. There are few folks who remember what Goldens Bridge looked like before the coming of Rockefeller’s highway system in the early ’60s. The depot that handled freight and passengers once shipped cattle and milk from area farms. The proposed redevelopment included a supermarket (A&P), specialty shops, a restaurant, a theater, and a bowling alley.
For many years Goldens Bridge residents had complained about the safety of the grade level crossings in Goldens Bridge, especially the Green Bros. In December 1954, the New York Central agreed to update the warning system and promised to install gates by December 1955.
A hearing was held in Peekskill in March 1955, with 40 Goldens Bridge residents and Supervisor Hugh Coyle pleading for warning gates and crossing improvements. According to a 1970 grade crossing survey by the railroad, between 1950 and 1969, Goldens Bridge crossings had five accidents and four fatalities — more than any other Harlem division crossings. The store crossing was finally replaced with the coming of Route 684 and the Route 138 bridge.
New York is home to some of the most famous bridges in the world, with nearly all of the major ones setting or breaking records. The George Washington Bridge was dedicated on October 24, 1931 and opened to traffic the following day, the date of this black and white photograph. Construction on the Manhattan Bridge began in 1901, and it opened to the public on December 31, 1909.
Looking westward across the East River from the Brooklyn shore beneath the Manhattan Bridge in the mid-1950s, one could see the Manhattan skyline from the Lower East Side to Midtown. Looking East from East 59th Street and Second Avenue across the Queensboro Bridge on this day in 1920, one sees an Elevated Train car, a few trucks and motor cars, and a few pedestrians. A barefoot boy stands on the cobblestones of South Street, in Lower Manhattan, looking northeast past the horsecarts and the ships in the harbor, toward the most astounding piece of construction he's seen in his lifetime, the Manhattan Bridge.
Ravenswood, Queens, started as a tony hamlet in the middle of the 19th Century, but by the time of this photograph it had been absorbed into Long Island City. In this eastern-looking aerial photograph of Lower Manhattan and Tribeca, taken around 1930, one gets a view of many of the most notable structures of the day, including the Woolworth Building, the Municipal Building, City Hall and the Post Office, as well as the Federal Courthouse, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
In this black and white photograph, taken in 1907, an unknown photographer has captured the intrepid Horace Ashton, sitting on a girder above the East River, capturing the view from his own unique perspective. Remember the opening of Welcome Back Kotter with the shot of the sign that reads, "Brooklyn, 4th Largest City in America"? Of all the places I’ve been on this little tour of the Harlem Line, it is funny that I have not yet featured the one station I spend the majority of my time at.
Over the years that the railroad has been servicing the area, much has changed in Goldens Bridge, and it was probably not as quiet as it now feels. New York City's harbor and multiple waterways are what once made it the center of trade, but today they make it a city of bridges and tunnels.
Nearly all of the city's major bridges and several of its tunnels, have broken or set records.
New York's crossings date back to 1693, when its first bridge, known as the King's Bridge, was constructed over Spuyten Duyvil Creek between Manhattan and the Bronx. New York features bridges of all lengths and types, carrying everything from cars, trucks and subway trains to pedestrians and bicycles. Connecting Hamilton Beach at Russell Street with Howard Beach, also known as "Lenihan's Bridge". In contrast to New York's bridges, its tunnels receive substantially less attention and praise. Each of the tunnels that run underneath the East and Hudson rivers were marvels of engineering when first constructed.

All four underwater road tunnels were built by Ole Singstad: the Holland Tunnel's original chief engineer Clifford Milburn Holland died, as did his successor, Milton H.
State Street station is located 74 miles from Grand Central, and is, as one would expect, located on State Street, in between Chapel and Court Streets. It is the geographical terminus for Metro-North’s New Haven Line service, though it has less frequent service compared to Union Station (many trains terminate at the larger station, and do not continue to State Street).
I am a graphic designer, a Metro North train rider, and a person that has always been interested in history. Beacon station just happens to be right next to the waterfront, where on Sundays a farmer’s market is held. Mead described the Goldens Bridge of the late 1950s in his deposition: “The said business district in Goldens Bridge is, particularly on the east side of Main Street (Route 22), old dilapidated buildings …  almost exclusively frame. The cost was estimated to be $465,000, with the federal government paying two-thirds, the state one-sixth and the town the remaining costs. A visitor from the 1950s would hardly recognize the railroad station and would be hard-pressed to locate Green Bros. The Queensboro Bridge was the longest cantilever bridge in North America when it opened in 1909, and the George Washington Bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge when it opened in 1931.
Here we see Governor of New York State, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, crossing the bridge with his motorcade.
Today there are more highrises along Manhattan's eastern shore, but the apartment houses on the Lower East Side are still there, and the Empire State Building is still visible, although it no longer towers above it neighbors. If it weren't for the distinctive Pallisades of the Jersey side, the low-rise buildings of Washington Heights would be indistinguishable from those of Fort Lee, across the river. In this photograph, looking west, one can see the ongoing construction of the Queensboro Bridge. Aside from the Woolworth and Municipal Buildings nothing in view could be called a skyscraper. As of the first of this month, I have been living in and commuting from Goldens Bridge for two years (I’ve been commuting regularly on the Harlem Line slightly longer, though from Brewster station).
In the early 1900’s the Muscoot Reservoir was created, flooding areas in the town that people had formerly lived. It was from Goldens Bridge that the Mahopac branch diverged from the main line, a once-popular service which was discontinued in 1959. Beautiful, tons of wildlife (Beavers, Herons, Snapping Turtles, Water snakes), and holds some grisly secrets. The Holland Tunnel was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993 in recognition of its pioneering role as the first mechanically ventilated vehicular underwater tunnel, operating since 1927. The George Washington Bridge, spanning the Hudson River between New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey, is the world's busiest bridge in terms of vehicular traffic.[1][2] The George Washington Bridge, Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are considered among the most beautiful in the world. Yet the four vehicle tunnels that connect Manhattan with Long Island and New Jersey – the Brooklyn Battery, Queens Midtown, Holland and Lincoln – are a critical part of managing the flow of people into and out of the city each day.
The Holland Tunnel is the oldest of the vehicular tunnels, opening to great fanfare in 1927 as the first mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel.
Freeman, after which Singstad became chief engineer, finishing the Holland Tunnel and then building the remaining tunnels.
The station is closer to the downtown area – both Yale and the New Haven green are a short walk away. Because the trains are less frequent, there is some bus service in between Union and State Street stations.
For the past 6 years I've been a regular commuter, though I've been a Harlem Line rider all my life. Several ferries are available from the waterfront area as well, one of which is primarily for commuters. An oddball collection of gas stations and bars, a railroad station, post office, firehouse, and ball field gave the hamlet a hometown feel. Three “at grade” railroad crossings in the hamlet presented a constant danger and tragedies. Not only did vehicles using Route 138 have to use the crossing daily, school buses had to cross the tracks twice a day. The George Washington Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are considered among the most beautiful in the world. The span between its two towers, the main span, is over 3500 ft., making the GWB the longest main span bridge in the world at the time of this picture. It looks as if the Blackwell's Island span was complete and what remains is to connect to the spans on Manhattan and Long Island. Seen from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1909, Brooklyn is clearly a thriving industrial metropolis, a worthy companion to her sister across the river.

The station had a turntable as well as a water tower -northbound steam trains would take on water here and be set until they reached Millerton. Several agencies claim jurisdiction over this network of crossings including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), DOT, New York State Department of Transportation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Amtrak and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
The George Washington Bridge and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge were the world's longest suspension bridges when opened in 1931 and 1964 respectively.
The oldest crossing still standing is High Bridge which connects Manhattan to the Bronx over the Harlem River. The George Washington, High Bridge, Hell Gate, Queensboro, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Macombs Dam, Carroll Street, University Heights and Washington bridges have all received landmark status as well.
Others are more well known for their functional importance such as the Williamsburg Bridge which has 2 heavy rail transit tracks, 8 traffic lanes and a pedestrian sidewalk.
The Queens Midtown Tunnel was opened in 1940 to relieve the congestion on the city's bridges.
The station itself does not have any parking, however a parking facility is very close and provides ample parking for commuters. This site is a collection of my usually train-related thoughts, observations, photographs, and travels, as well as my never-ending hunt for intriguing historical artifacts. While little establishments are quite common in old station buildings, it is extremely rare to see one on the platform. The crossing had no automatic gates and a poor sight line, and the flashing lights were confusing, especially when two trains went through within a short time of each other. The H.A Dunne collection of vintage images of New York City’s bridges, includes some of the most compelling images of some of the worlds most famous bridges—including photos of the Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Manhattan, Queensboro, and George Washington bridges throughout their construction.
The bridge, originally named the Blackwell's Island Bridge, would open to the public on June 12, 1909, not too long after this photo was taken.
Had the five boroughs not consolidated into Greater New York in 1898 and remained independent cities, Brooklyn would today be the largest of them. The construction of Interstate 684 in the late 1960’s also changed the landscape of the hamlet significantly, and the two dangerous grade crossings that were in the town have been removed.
By 1902 the New York Central had two tracks all the way up to Goldens Bridge until 1909 when the line was two-tracked up to Brewster. Each of its tubes were designed 1? feet wider than the Holland Tunnel in order to accommodate the wider cars of the period. The station contains a Metro-North ticket vending machine, however Shore Line East tickets must be purchased on the train, like at most SLE stations.
Just south of Beacon station is Metro-North’s non-revenue Beacon Line, which continues east towards the Harlem Line and Southeast.
Probably the coolest thing you’ll notice at the station itself is the old wooden platform, and the old New York Central milemarker right next to it. If you’re into art, Dia Beacon is definitely worth going to, and Metro-North does offer getaway packages (they do for the previously mentioned Bannerman Castle tour as well). Mead spoke strongly in favor of keeping the facility open because the improved highway would encourage use of the Goldens Bridge station.
This was considered light use by the railroad’s reckoning, but too hazardous by the community. Our collection of vintage images of NYC’s bridges is as deep and wide as the rivers they cross. The station building that was in Goldens Bridge was on the east side of the track, roughly located where the southbound entrance to the Interstate now is.
When the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opened in 1950 it was the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in the world, a title which it still holds.
In December 1930, the store crossing had been targeted for elimination, but little had been done; in 1954, the situation remained status quo. The Lincoln Tunnel has three tubes linking midtown Manhattan to New Jersey, a configuration which provides the flexibility to provide four lanes in one direction during rush-hour or three lanes in each direction.
Constance Regan, 36, mother of six, of Lake Katonah, was killed by a southbound train after waiting for the northbound train to pass.
According to a deposition given by Harold Green before the state of New York Public Service Commission in August 1959, “134 carloads were delivered to the company’s railroad siding being mostly feed and coal, with a few cars bringing other products.” Mr.
Green was protesting the New York Central Railroad Co.’s proposal to close the Goldens Bridge railroad station and suspend stationmaster services.

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