JC / Railbird

A Moment

… for the crumbling, charmless Aqueduct Racetrack subway stop, set to close on Saturday in advance of renovation for anticipated casino patrons.

The old station won’t be missed, but I get a real pang looking at pictures of the demolished outdoor grandstand seating and thinking about the loss of the unobstructed view afforded by the third floor seats overlooking the finish line.

The field for the 2010 Wood heading into the clubhouse turn.

4/8/11 Addendum: Week-by-week photos of the construction work at Aqueduct by Brooklyn Backstretch. Stunning, how much demolition is involved.


I’ve got a series of photos taken over the winter of the grandstand demolition; planning a little photo montage of them this Saturday. It really is striking.

But I will be thrilled when I’m no longer stepping over dead animals, peeling paint, empty potato chip bags and beer bottles, and other detritus when I get off the A train.

Posted by Teresa on April 7, 2011 @ 10:32 am

I mentioned the station renovation to Mr. Railbird this morning, and he remembered the stop as the one with the “rape tunnel.” I thought he overstated the menace, but it always did seem like a good spot to get mugged. Won’t miss that, when we visit next!

Posted by Jessica on April 7, 2011 @ 12:52 pm