I recently went up to White Plains with my mother. We wanted to take a look in the City Center building (where there is a Target, a supermarket, and a few other awesome stores) to get a few things we saw advertised as being on sale.
However, we both had forgotten that the trains are now operating on a ‘summer work schedule’ and are arriving/departing at odd times. This meant that we had just missed the local train by a minute since we thought it was the express. ((Usually there is an express train to Manhattan first, followed by a local one about 5 to 10 minutes later.)) So, we were stuck waiting a half hour until the next local… which when I think about it is not so bad, since on the weekends there are only 1 local and 1 express per hour.
Lucky for us, the weather was absolutely beautiful and the station was pretty empty, allowing me to snap a few photos. The one above is of the view looking towards Rt. 100 (also known as Central Avenue). Over the past few years it seems that people have been hard at work building nice little space for bicyclists there.
The next two are of the train platform also looking towards Rt. 100. I didn’t dare take any pictures inside the station and was standing far to the back end of the platform, so no one bothered me much for the photography. Still, a lot of places in New York can get huffy when it comes to taking pictures of public spaces…
Looking left, trees, trees, and more trees. If you continue left, you can go inside the station proper, which according to the elevator is 3 floors.
Bottom floor has a few newspaper stands; one specializing in junk-food, magazines, and cigarettes, with and the other selling coffee/tea and actual food. There are two sets of stairs and escalators to go up to the main platforms.
Middle floor is a large waiting room where you can also buy tickets from manned windows or one of the many ticket machines. There is also a smaller enclosed waiting area towards the front of the tracks (since the platforms are incredibly long and many people have to ride in the first few cars, depending on which station you are planning to get off at– Bronx stations are older and much smaller than many full length trains).
What the top floor holds is a secret to this day. The elevator has a button for it and there are stairs leading up to it but to this day, many people have no idea what is up there. It seems popular consensus that it’s a no-go-zone, though no one seems sure what the penalty for going up there is…
Looking right, more trees and some electrical wire towers.
Just barely you can make out a building between the greenery. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but I have heard rumors that the building there used to serve as the original White Plains train station. For the most part, it’s closed to the public but I sometimes see MTA workers going in and out of there, sometimes using it as storage.
It seems like such a shame if that is the case. A lot of the old stations have either been abandoned, torn down, or changed so much that they are largely unrecognizable. Certain stations– some which I will not name– barely seem like stations at all.
But if you would like to know more about this station, here is some interesting information along with a short history.