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I am not sure what structures technically comprise what is known as the Arcade. I think the Arcade is primarily the tall round structure but there is an arched structure attached to it.
The tall round structure has a locked door and the arched structure is surrounded by locked gates.
There is an active dogrun in front of the arched structure.
There are two paths leading down from Riverside Drive to the arcarde. The northern path is a ramp and the southern one has wide steps.
I do not know the original function of the structure. It did not provide access to the rail tunnel. The rail tracks are in front of it and in the open since 125th street. I am told the circular tower has electrics in it. The arched structure has a observation area above it. The Google Street view shows that observation area.
Currently (as of 12/18/2016) the northern path and the top of that path are blocked by a chainlink fence due to the construction of the pedestrian bridge into Fort Washington Park.
The following is in the Riverside Park Master Plan dated June 24, 2016 Draft.
Page 36 seems to have a before and after of the southern steps down to the Arcade.
Page 19 has a photo of the arches next to the Arcade and mentions a cafe at 154 (the Arcade)