Livingston station (Staten Island Railway)


Former Staten Island Railway station
Bard Av SIRT jeh.JPG
Western part of station site
Station statistics
BoroughStaten Island
Coordinates40°38′44″N 74°06′32″W / 40.64545°N 74.1088°W / 40.64545; -74.1088 (Livingston station)Coordinates: 40°38′44″N 74°06′32″W / 40.64545°N 74.1088°W / 40.64545; -74.1088 (Livingston station)
LineSIR North Shore Branch
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedFebruary 23, 1886; 134 years ago (1886-02-23)[1]
ClosedMarch 31, 1953; 67 years ago (1953-03-31)
Former/other namesLivingston Street[2]
Station succession
Next northWest New Brighton
Next southSailors' Snug Harbor

Livingston is a former station on the abandoned North Shore Branch of the Staten Island Railway.[3] Located north of Richmond Terrace at Bard Avenue in the Livingston section of Staten Island, it had two tracks and two side platforms.[3] The site is 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from the Saint George terminal.[4] Closed in 1953, the station was demolished, with few remnants of the site today.[5][6]


The remaining St. George-bound trackway and the restaurant (left) along the ROW.

The station opened on February 23, 1886 along with the other North Shore stations from St. George west to Elm Park.[7] It sits on land formerly occupied by the mansion of Livingston namesake Anson Livingston, also known as the "Bleak House," which was purchased by the North Shore Railroad in 1886. The town name "Livingston" was coined by SIRT officials.[1][8][9][10] The station was located on a wooden trestle on the shore of the Kill Van Kull on the edge of the island, built with two wooden high-level side platforms.[5][9][11][12][13] The former mansion was used as the stationhouse, with an overpass between the platforms on the west end of the station.[9] Industrial buildings were located adjacent to the station, including a power plant of the Richmond Light and Railroad Company, which operated a streetcar line along Richmond Terrace parallel to the SIRT until 1934.[11][14][15][16]

The station was abandoned on March 31, 1953, along with the South Beach Branch and the rest of the North Shore Branch.[7][11] Currently, the station site is occupied by an employee parking lot for the Con Edison facility located across the street.[6][8][17] Just east of the site is a restaurant, R.H. Tugs, which sits adjacent to the tracks.[18] The restaurant closed in August 2011 after 25 years of operation, reopening as Blue Restaurant.[8][19][20] The northern of the line's two tracks has been taken up, and due to coastal erosion of the line's retaining wall, part of the trestle has slid into the Kill Van Kull along with some of the trackage east and west of here.[5][13] Livingston is one of the stations to be returned to operation under the proposals for reactivation of the North Shore branch for rapid transit, light rail, or bus rapid transit service. Under the proposal, the right-of-way would be moved from the coastline to the parking lot site.[5][6][12]


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  2. ^ "STATEN ISLAND TRAINS GET A FLORAL GOOD BY". The New York Times. April 1, 1953. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Darlington, Peggy. "North Shore Line". Archived from the original on January 8, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  4. ^ Office of Diane J. Savino (2013). "State Senator Diane J. Savino's 2013 Staten Island Railway Rider Report" (PDF). New York State Senate. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
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  8. ^ a b c Fioravante, Janice (November 24, 2002). "If You're Thinking of Living In/Livingston, Staten Island; Filmgoers May Find the Streets Familiar". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
  9. ^ a b c Farinacci, Amanda (April 15, 2015). "Railroads Above & Below Ground Make Up History of Livingston". NY1. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  10. ^ "Old Town Names". Archived from the original on July 29, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c Pitanza, Marc (2015). Staten Island Rapid Transit Images of Rail. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4671-2338-9.
  12. ^ a b "North Shore Alternatives Analysis: Public Meeting THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010 7:00 p.m." (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 22, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Minn, Michael (December 18, 2009). "History and Future of the North Shore Rail Line on Staten Island" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 1, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  14. ^ "Asks City to Seize Staten Island Cars and Lighting Plant" (PDF). The New York Times. April 29, 1920. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  15. ^ Electric Railway Journal. McGraw Hill Publishing Company. 1916. p. 1114. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  16. ^ Transit Journal ... McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, Incorporated. 1915. p. 133. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  17. ^ "Feasibility Study of the North Shore Railroad Right-of-Way Project Assessment Report March 2004" (PDF). Office of the Staten Island Borough President, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, URS, SYSTRA. March 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  18. ^ McIntosh, Elise G. (August 15, 2009). "Bloomberg optimistic about North Shore rail". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  19. ^ Silvestri, Pamela (April 26, 2012). "Staten Island refresher course". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  20. ^ Silvestri, Pamela (June 2, 2014). "Restaurant review: With that harbor view, Staten Island's Blue is a winning spot to dine (photos)". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved July 31, 2015.