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Title: Was this building ever a firehouse?
Post by: sabre999uk on May 04, 2011, 04:37:50 PM
Hi all,
Was 225 West 53rd Street in Manhattan ever a firehouse?

225 West 53rd Street, New York, NY, United States - Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=225+West+53rd+Street,+New+York,+NY,+United+States&layer=c&sll=40.763949,-73.983558&cbp=13,58.32,,0,-3.02&cbll=40.763786,-73.983832&hl=en&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=225+W+53rd+St,+New+York,+10019,+United+States&t=h&panoid=jgu8-AV7YzhjlCsEaTnU0Q&ll=40.763739,-73.983693&spn=0.017617,0.042272&z=15&iwloc=A)

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
Title: Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
Post by: catry 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 (http://nyfd.com/cityhist.pdf)
Title: Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
Post by: raybrag 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
Title: Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
Post by: guitarman314 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.
Title: Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
Post by: Lionheart 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 (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.
Title: Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
Post by: sabre999uk 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
Title: Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
Post by: sabre999uk on May 05, 2011, 04:52:53 PM
Oh boy, just managed to download the file - It may take some time.....

Thanks again
Steve
Title: Re: Was this building ever a firehouse?
Post by: 3511 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.