Clifton station (Staten Island Railway)


MTA NYC logo.svg Staten Island Railway station (rapid transit)
Tottenville Local at Clifton, Staten Island Railway.jpg
Tottenville Local arriving at Clifton
Station statistics
AddressBay Street & Townsend Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304
BoroughStaten Island
Coordinates40°37′17″N 74°04′17″W / 40.6215°N 74.0715°W / 40.6215; -74.0715 (Clifton Station)Coordinates: 40°37′17″N 74°04′17″W / 40.6215°N 74.0715°W / 40.6215; -74.0715 (Clifton Station)
ServicesLocal All times (All times)
Transit connectionsBus transport New York City Bus: S51, S81
StructureEmbankment / Elevated
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedApril 23, 1860[1]
Station code504[2]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Former/other namesVanderbilt's Landing
Vanderbilt Avenue
Station succession
Next northStapleton
Next southGrasmere
Bachmann (South Beach Branch; Demolished)

Clifton is a Staten Island Railway station in the neighborhood of Clifton, Staten Island, New York. This station was the original terminal of the Staten Island Railway from 1860 until 1886. The station was known as Vanderbilt's Landing, and was used as a transfer point for passengers going to Manhattan via ferries to South Ferry.


This station was originally known as Vanderbilt's Landing and opened on April 23, 1860 with the opening of the Staten Island Railway, and was the northern terminal for the line. The line extended from Vanderbilt's Landing to Eltingville.[1][3][4] The station was also once known as Vanderbilt Avenue.[5] It also included a ferry port with ferries to Stapleton, Tompkinsville, and South Ferry in Manhattan.[6] The port was replaced by Saint George Terminal on March 7, 1886, which was also the day before Clifton became the northern terminus of the South Beach Branch, a status it maintained until 1953.

In 2019, the MTA announced that this station would become ADA-accessible as part of the agency's 2020–2024 Capital Program.[7]

Station layout

Northbound entrance, Bay Street
Vanderbilt Ave. Station, Clifton, early 20th century
Clifton Yard

Clifton station is located at Norwood Avenue and Bay Street on the main line. It is located on an embankment with side platforms and beige canopies.

A train bound for St. George departs from the station.

The SIR's Clifton Yard is next to the northbound track, with yard leads and signals north of Clifton station. South of the station are the remains of the South Beach Branch turnout and a dismantled bridge.[8] To the south, a spur on a pair of I-beams on concrete pillars is the location of an old coal, concrete, and lumber business. South of this station, the SIR main line turns southwest to Tottenville, and no longer runs along the harbor front.

Due to the wide space from trains caused by the platform's curvature, the last car for St. George-bound trains do not open here.[9]

Platform level
Side platform
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-SIR-Std.svg toward Tottenville (Grasmere)
NYCS-bull-trans-SIR-Std.svg rush hour express does not stop here
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-SIR-Std.svg toward St. George (Stapleton)
NYCS-bull-trans-SIR-Std.svg AM rush express does not stop here →
Side platform
G Street level Exit/entrance, buses


The north end has exits on both platforms that lead to Bay Street. The southbound platform has winding stairs to Townsend Avenue while the northbound platform has stairs under the right-of-way to Norwood Avenue. The northbound platform also has a second staircase on Bay and Edgewater Streets, which is not present on the southbound side.[10]

On Bay Street (sidewalk level) and facing the platform above, are remains of the original steps up to the old station platform, which became inaccessible when the platforms were extended in the 1990s. On the southbound side there is a station house on the outside, but only a shelter on the platform. Some of the boarded up windows and layout of the brick shelter suggest that it was originally a station house.


  1. ^ a b Irvin Leigh and Paul Matus (December 23, 2001). "SIRT The Essential History". p. 4. Archived from the original on January 4, 2009. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Poster for opening of Staten Island Railway
  4. ^ "Staten Island News". The New York Times. August 25, 1860. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Vanderbilt Avenue Staten Island Rapid Transit station". Retrieved February 25, 2018 – via Staten Island Museum.
  6. ^ "New York City and Vicinity Rail Map 1860". Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Press Release - MTA Headquarters - MTA Announces 20 Additional Subway Stations to Receive Accessibility Improvements Under Proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan". MTA. December 19, 2019. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Owen, Gary. "Gary Owen's SIRT Page". Retrieved March 1, 2009.
  9. ^ "Please use the first three cars to enter or exit the train at the following stations". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  10. ^ "Map of NYC Subway Entrances". NYC Open Data. City of New York. Retrieved July 10, 2018.

External links

Media related to Clifton (Staten Island Railway station) at Wikimedia Commons

  • Staten Island Railway station list
  • Staten Island Railway general information
  • Vanderbilt Avenue Staten Island Railway Station Postcard (New York Public Library Digital Collections)
  • Bay Street and Townsend Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Bay Street and Greenfield Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Platforms from Google Maps Street View