A recent article on Curbed explores the history and future possibilities of the abandoned Port Morris Branch that runs underneath and through the South Bronx neighborhoods of Mott Haven, Morrisania, and Melrose.
Dating back to 1842, this decommissioned train line has been a dumping ground for decades, with layers of pollution and neglect heaped along its route. Traveling below street level for two miles from Port Morris through Mott Haven, Morrisania, and Melrose, its history has always been murky to neighborhood residents, who have nicknamed different sections of the tracks The Bronx Swamp and The Hole, and over the years, the abandoned train line has been been variously described as a “bug-infested basin,” a “blight on the community,” a “filthy concoction of standing water and garbage” and a “needle ridden Bronx drug den.”
The photos of the long abandoned rail line are pretty eerie. Check out the full article for more photos and info on the history and future of the tracks.