postcards and steel wire.
4.5 h x 5.375 w inches each.
Opened on July 1, 1867, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, Ninth Avenue Line, was the first elevated railway in New York City as a single-track cable-powered railway from South Ferry to Harlem River at 155th st. This particular train station was located on West 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue with the highest elevation in the entire system. This station open in June 3, 1903 as part of the Dual Contracts1—documents and contracts for construction of rapid transit lines in New York City. The railway, operated by the IRT, was later incorporated along the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation and Independent Subway System to form the New York City Subway.
The 110th St. station was nicknamed “suicide curve” because of the multiple suicides that took place on the station.
“It was said that the old Central Park reservoir was once the favorite place for the suicide, but when the city put a fence around it, the highest point of the elevated system gradually became the choice”2.
The train station later closed on June 11, 1940.
I wrapped the written postcards, three sent, two never delivered to their sender, in steel wire locating where the curve would jolt passengers on the elevated track.
1. NYC Subway, https://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/The_Dual_Contracts
2. Merchants Complain Suicides Hurt Business; Seek Way to Guard 110th St. Elevated Station, New York Times, January 31, 1927, p. 19