Monday, November 7, 2011

☞ REMEMBER: The Polo Grounds circa 1917

A photo taken circa 1917 shows the famous Polo Ground Stadium up at West 157th Street in one of its many incarnations.  The view looking north has the Harlem River at the right and the famous High Bridge in the distance before that structure had its center arches replaced by one large arch.  Public housing sits on the site of the Polo Grounds today but the stairwell at 158th Street which leads down to the original stadium will now be restored for the future.  An article in today's New York Post confirms that $950,000 has been raised for the project that will rebuild the stairs next by 158th Street at Edgecombe Avenue and all will be completed by next September: LINK

William Davis Hassler, Polo Grounds ca. 1917 via the digital collection at the Museum of the City of New York


  1. Yeah, I saw the workman out there this morning. I'm glad they are restoring the Bush Stairwell before someone gets hurt on it. Although it was on lockdown for years people would still climb the fence and use it.

    They have also restored the lamps on the underpass at 7th Ave & West 150the Street. At night it looks real nice all lit up.

  2. If one looks carefully, one can see the newly erected 555 Edgecombe Avenue and you can barely make out the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

  3. For more on the John T. Brush stairs stairs, see: