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Offline sabre999uk

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Was this building ever a firehouse?
« on: May 04, 2011, 04:37:50 PM »
Hi all,
Was 225 West 53rd Street in Manhattan ever a firehouse?



Is there a list anywhere on the www of closed NYC firehouses giving their addresses? I'd like to plot them on a map and see just how fire cover has changed over the years.

Thanks
Steve

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Was this building ever a firehouse?
« on: May 04, 2011, 04:37:50 PM »

Offline catry

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Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2011, 05:18:35 PM »
225 W. 53 st has always been an NYC Transit substation; I believe it was part of the original IRT.

Mike Boucher has an excellent history of all FDNY companies and their present and former quarters at http://nyfd.com/cityhist.pdf

Offline raybrag

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Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2011, 06:04:16 PM »
Wow, what a list.  Have fun plotting all of those units and their history, Sabre.  Should take you an hour or two.   :o 8) :o
Ray Braguglia
Newport News VA


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Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011, 08:57:24 PM »
There are a few NYC Transit power substations that look like 2-bay, 1912 thru 1925 firehouses. There is one in the Bronx on Simpson St. just north of Westchester Ave. near the site of the old 41st (Fort Apache) Pct.

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Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2011, 01:23:54 AM »
Here is a link to a website called "Forgotten NY Subways & Trains".
http://www.forgotten-ny.com/SUBWAYS/substations/substations.html
If you scroll a little bit down, you will find a better pic from the substation at 225W 53rd Street.

Offline sabre999uk

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Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2011, 05:56:07 AM »
Hi,
Thanks for all the replies, sounds like I'm going to be busy  :) - unfortunatly the web address given by catry is timing out for me in both IE and Firefox, I'll try again later.

Thanks again.
Steve

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Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 04:52:53 PM »
Oh boy, just managed to download the file - It may take some time.....

Thanks again
Steve

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Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2011, 08:29:41 AM »
Lion,
 Great link. I too have been fooled by those sub stations over the years, most recently by the one on West 143d st. Never got the full story till now. Thanks.