130-Year-Old Work of Art: The Modernized Bellmore Station

Bellmore Station 12-16-19

She’s the belle of the Babylon Branch! Bellmore Station has received a full menu of station upgrades, including a renovated station waiting room, new art, platform rehabilitation and a new platform canopy. This beautiful station serves 7,000 weekday customers – it was first established by South Side Rail Road in 1869.

Bellmore Station 12-16-19

The station building has been upgraded with the replacement of wall tiles, new signage, lighting, bulletin boards, CCTV security cameras, new ticket windows and refurbished restrooms with ADA-compliant fixtures; the stairs and escalator have also been updated to complement other refurbishments at the station. New bench seating, USB charging stations, information kiosks, free public Wi-Fi and various art and historic elements have been added to the station environment to improve and enhance the overall customer experience.

Dan Funderburgh’s ceramic tile and glass mosaic artwork, SHOAL (2018), has been installed in the ticket office waiting area. SHOAL celebrates the journey between home and away and the flow of people, history, and identity throughout Long Island. Ocean waves cover three walls of the station house, featuring ocean buoys and flotsam of Lenape pottery shards and beads, and a flow of North Atlantic sea life in an imitation of Delft pottery style. In addition to original patterns inspired by traditional ceramics, certain tiles also feature local icons such as the Jones Beach water tower, historic Bellmore station and the nearby marinas.

The platform waiting room has been renovated and now includes new windows, doors, wall tiles, lighting and a new HVAC system, as well as new benches, a technology counter and USB charging stations.

Bellmore Station 12-16-19

This is a photo of Bellmore Station from the 1960s.

Bellmore Station 1960's

This is Bellmore Station in 1975 – the station’s temporary tracks are at grade-level, with a new viaduct structure under construction. The current viaduct station opened in June of 1975.

Bellmore Station 1975

The modernization of Bellmore Station is part of a larger LIRR modernization project to improve customer experiences and contribute to the growth of the economy of Long Island and the wider region. For more information, please visit the Bellmore Station project page on AModernLI.com.