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137th Street – City College is a local station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intsersection of 137th Street and Broadway in Harlem, 137th Street is served by the 1 train at all times. The station serves the nearby City College of New York and Riverbank State Park.
137th Street Layout
In the past, 137th Street was sometimes used as a terminal station. There are switches north of the station that allow northbound trains to turn, and head back south. Just north of the station lies the underground 137th Street Yard, which is clearly visible from passing trains. The express track that passes through the station is currently unused in revenue service.
Just south of the station, the tracks emerge from underground onto the Manhattan Valley Viaduct. The line is elevated at 125th Street, and then underground once again at 116th Street – Columbia University, allowing trains to maintain a relatively level grade while passing through highly uneven terrain.
Prior to the termination of 9 service on May 27, 2005, this station was the northernmost common stop of the 1/9 skip-stop service. On northbound trains, this was the first point where conductors would announce whether the train would run "skip-stop" or not. Passengers on a 1 train traveling to a station served by the 9 train (or vice versa) would exit and wait for their desired train.
The mosaics are in pink and black. The ceramic cartouche is also in pink and shows a three-faced figure. The three faces represent "Respice", "Adspice", and "Prospice", and are an emblem of the nearby City College.
137th Street History, and pop-culture:
One of Now President Barack Obama's first community organizing efforts after graduating Columbia University was in conjunction with drawing attention to the poor condition of the station. In 1984 (or possibly 1985—accounts differ), Obama (who was working for the New York Public Interest Research Group) was among the leaders of May Day efforts to bring attention to the subway system particularly the station serving CCNY. Obama traveled to stations to get people to sign letters addressed to local officials and the MTA. Obama was photographed holding a sign saying "May-Day! May-Day!! Sinking Subway System!"
In this station on January 2, 2007, Wesley Autrey saved the life of film student Cameron Hollopeter when he suffered a seizure and fell off the platform onto the tracks as a 137th Street train approached. Autrey was given numerous awards and prizes and a scholarship was given to his two daughters.
The 137th Street station was often shown on the TV drama, New Amsterdam, though the inside shots were taken at the Grand Central Shuttle station.