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New York City’s Hidden Subway Station

Written by 24 February 2012 192 Comments

Deep in the belly of New York’s subway system, a beautiful untouched station resides that has been forgotten for years with only a limited few knowing of its existence. Stunning decoration with tall tiled arches, brass fixtures and skylights run across the entire curve of the station, almost a miniature imitation of Grand Central Station… But it sounds like something straight out of Harry Potter, right?

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It was opened in 1904, with the hope of making it the crowning glory of the New York subway system in elegant architecture and a place for commemorative plaques to honour the work that had resulted in such a successful underground mass transit system. It was to be the original southern terminus of the first ‘Manhattan Main Line’; however the station was closed and boarded up in 1945. The gem of the underground began gathering dust, forgotten by the general public, as passengers were forced off at the Brooklyn Bridge Stop before the train continued on to the terminus to make its turnaround.

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The reason for its closure was that newer longer cars were required to match the demand of passengers that passed through the system. But as the stations tracks were severely curved, a dangerous gap between the train doors and the platform was formed making it an unsafe area. This combined with the fact that only about 600 people used it, resulted in its closure with only mythical plans of turning it into a transit museum. But this was never followed through.

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However, now you don’t have to take my word that the secret City Hall Station exists, as the 6 Train will now allow the passengers who have been enlightened with the knowledge of its whereabouts to stay on the train during its turnaround and see the Station. You won’t be able to get off, but you’ll be taken for a slow tour of the platform and see what a beauty it was in its heyday!

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And if that isn’t enough, The Underbelly Project has turned it into a kind-of off-limits art gallery. They are a group of street artists who have painted the walls of the unattractive concrete areas with their art in a spooky art exhibition that will be witnessed only by urban explorers who prowl the deep train system at night and Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers.

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Over a hundred murals have been accumulated over time by graffiti artists, namely PAC and Workhorse (infamous NYC graffitists), who discovered the bare walls and invited others to add their art.

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But if you want to go and view these art works, you will most definitely run the high risk of being arrested as venturing the tunnels is both highly illegal and dangerous! I’ll just stick to seeing the photographs as I’m pretty sure my search for art would turn into a horror story down in the black tunnels… or I’d get hit by a train.

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192 Comments »

  • Chaucee said:

    Who took these images? It’s beautiful!

  • Sabrina said:

    That’s too cool. And you’re right; very Harry-Potter-y :)

  • Half Baked Potatoes said:

    How could something like this be forgotten. When I start my plan to take over the world step number 11 will be to buy this for my lare.

    click my name for a funny site

  • Sophie said:

    Haha, brilliant idea!
    Just be wary when that train carriage trundles past

  • iftikhar said:

    For those who would look for artistically designed train stations, they must visit Taskent in Uzbekistan. you would find every train station as a piece of art, artistically designed and decorated.
    worth a visit….

  • Eloise said:

    I just tried doing this today and didn’t see a thing. Stayed on the downtown 6 after Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, and it only passed through darkness for a few minutes before returning back on the uptown track. Is it lit up and available for viewing at only a certain time?

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  • tom said:

    I’m pretty sure they filmed one of the Ninja Turtles Movies there.

  • Ryan said:

    This is from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. They find the old abandoned subway station.

  • Green Global Travel said:

    This is too cool! I’d love to find this station!

  • Sophie said:

    O no Eloise! That’s a shame… perhaps it’s only lit by the natural light from the skylights…
    Mutant Ninja Turtles??? Those pesky heroes-in-a-half-shell get everywhere.

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  • Vedette said:

    This must be the secret hideout of the ninja turtles.

  • Haley said:

    I’m reading this awesome book (So you want to be a wizard by Diane Duane) and these two kids go to a alternate dimension of N.Y. and find themselves in a blocked off / hidden subway area were a dragon is, and these pictures describe the area PERFECTLY. I don’t know if the author took inspiration from this, or didn’t even know. But if they turned the book into a movie, they should totally use this!

  • Laura said:

    I’m compelled to point out that The Underbelly Project is NOT part of the City Hall Station, it’s in Brooklyn.

  • Donna said:

    I’ve been to a concert in a bar that very much resembled that space. Wonder if it was constructed as the entry point for the station?

  • juandos said:

    Well what a suprise!

    Government wasting extorted tax dollars…

    The fact that it is stunning is all the more reason for it to be open to the public…

    …Unless there’s a security reason not to…

    Great photos!

    It reminds me a little bit of some of the Moscow subway stations…

    Thanks for posting this story…

  • Captain Qwert Jr said:

    It’s the Gotham City Underground from the game, Batman:Arkham City.

    Beware Ras al-ghul!

  • Gerry N. said:

    @ Halfwit Potato.

    Could you possible mean your “lair”? Geez, go back to Second Grade and stay awake this time.

  • anon said:

    City Hall Station
    http://forgotten-ny.com/2006/07/living-for-the-city-my-first-visit-to-city-hall-station-since-1998/

    Kevin Walsh of Forgotten NY has been writing about these kinds of
    things for years. Great web site.

    And he conducts tours
    http://forgotten-ny.com/category/tours/

  • rrheard said:

    “venturing the tunnels is both highly illegal and dangerous! ”

    Nature of the State, piss the money away and the prevent the victims from seeing the spoils.

  • Top Las Vegas Wedding Photographers FOGARTYFOTO said:

    They don’t build ‘em like they used to.

  • Benjamin Kabak said:

    The Underbelly Project was not put on at City Hall. It was put on at the shell station at South 4th Street. Stick it in Google, and you’ll learn more.

  • les nessman said:

    A very few of the urban ‘artists’ make a very few good works. Most of it is vain garbage that everyone else is forced to look at.
    Looks like that is what happened here.

  • el polacko said:

    compare the majestic design of the train station with the wall scrawlings of today’s ‘artists’. we’re devolving, folks.

  • Jason said:

    If you stay on the (6) to see the old City Hall Station, you need to be looking out of the right side windows. You pass through a few seconds after leaving Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall.

    Also, those photos of the tunnel graffiti aren’t anywhere near City Hall; those are in Brooklyn.

  • Steve S. said:

    It can’t be totally lost or forgotten – somebody has been cleaning it, or there would be 6″ of dust over everything.

    Whose got the janitorial contract for NY subways?

  • Lorenzo Poe said:

    Lots of respectable people have been hit by trains!

  • Daniel Menes said:

    @juandos, while I never mind a good hit against government waste, it should be pointed out that the New York City subways were built and operated by private firms. This line, in particular was still known as the “East Side IRT” when I grew up in NY, even though the Interborough Rapid Transit company was bought out by the city in 1940 (according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interborough_Rapid_Transit_Company)

  • One said:

    For once, graffiti where it belongs. Deep under ground.

  • Mimi Louiso said:

    How very Parisienne this station is.

  • Karen said:

    The apostrophe in your URL really makes this article hard to share.

  • Xiaoding said:

    As for America’s first subway

    The public scoffed, it’s far to rude

    One station filled with Victorias age

    From frescoed walls, and goldfish fountians

    To Brahmian tunes

  • sherlock said:

    “lare” => “lair”, and I am not a liar.

  • Christy said:

    Wonderful. I’m amazed it hasn’t been scavenged for the brass fixtures and tiles.

    If you find this entrancing, you might like Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (film and book) which takes place mostly in abandoned parts of the London Subway system.

  • JT said:

    “Graffiti artist” is an oxymoron. Graffiti is not art. It’s vandalism.

    How would you like me to come to your neighborhood and play the tuba in the street any time I wanted to? It’s the same with graffiti.

  • Dennishd said:

    It’s strange that the lights still work.

  • Alex R. said:

    No, not Harry Potter at all. Try Neverwhere. Gosh people, get your fictional alternate realities right! ;)

  • Kylie said:

    Love it! That was a great journey I just took via this posting, pictures, and all the information. Can’t wait to take the 6 down, won’t be dining in the tunnels, but would love to see the art work!! Hmmm…
    Recently moved back home to NY and it really never ends – the magic of this city :D

  • Hana said:

    Wow! That’s gorgeous. And kind of eerie. Definitely on the list for my next visit.

  • Norm said:

    Cool,Very Cool…

  • HappyFeet said:

    If NYC had sense, they would put tasteful,wrought iron railings along the platform edge. Plexiglas in front of the Graffiti artwork (to stop idiots adding their un-tasteful mark) and open the station to the public. They’d make a fortune ;o)

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  • Chris Booth said:

    In keeping with many of these comments the first thing I thought was a film, but I thought Ghostbusters. Not really accurate but it’s got those vibes. Really pretty.

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  • Paquetes Turisticos said:

    Really nice. How did you find it :P ? It looks like it’s hard to find it.
    Very nice images.

  • Gina @ OneDayinaCity said:

    This is so neat – love the pictures. It really does look like something out of Harry Potter!

  • Joe W said:

    Now that’s cool, I would definitely would like to check that place out myself.

  • sistersoami said:

    what a marvelous treat and trip

  • Forest said:

    Definitely seeking this out next time I am in NYC! Awesome.

  • Reynardine said:

    Over forty years back, when I commuted between downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, I sometimes saw that station, as well as the old Worth Street Station. They were visible only briefly in the lights from the window as the trains passed by, but sometimes I had the eerie feeling of a time warp, of the bygone people bustling around in their present as we passed by unseen, a shadowy harbinger of the future, and I wondered if they ever perceived us in return.

  • James Schulz said:

    Way cool. I’m an avid urban explorer an will look this up when in NYC.

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  • Robert Marriott said:

    http://www.adventuretravelshop.co.uk What a gem! We love the spooky art. Thanks for this.

  • Surminga said:

    Wow, wish I knew about this when I was out there a couple months.

  • honus said:

    The Transit Museum has tours of this station (which is, not surprisingly, located under City Hall). You can find more info at http://www.mta.info/mta/museum/programs.htm. It is a very popular tour, so popular it looks like it is only open to members these days. I’ve been a member and done this tour, among others and it is totally worth it.

  • Eric Castro said:

    REVOK !!

    Nice to see a LA graff artist getting coverage in a article about NYC, lol

  • Jan Deelstra said:

    So a couple of questions scream to be answered: 1) From what fabulous source did these gorgeous pictures come from? 2) In times of economic slowdown, why aren’t they charging admission to this ‘museaum’!
    Truly inspiring story of secrets beneath the hectic pace. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story (and visuals!).

  • mirnacavalcanti said:

    HI, friends!

    I ‘conffess’ I didn’t know it even existed…

    Amazing pics of ‘hidden treasure’.

    Mirna, from Brazil

  • Awais said:

    Awesome Hidden treasure Pictures .. Thanks for sharing

  • emma@gottakeepmovin said:

    This is really cool! I especially like street art that’s been put down there. All kinda spooky, though! Thanks for sharing.

  • DREW said:

    looks like where they filmed teenage mutant ninja turtles.

  • Skywalker said:

    Is this where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live in the third movie!!

  • ebizon9 said:

    wow – this is really cool. Thanks for sharing

  • Bearded Clam said:

    All thise pics are Photo Shopped. No Rats, No tents, No skeletons.

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  • Achtung said:

    How cool it i if it was not hidden from the people! :)

  • Vedette said:

    These murals look amazing. I bet this was the lair of the ninja turtles. I wish it would be open to public so that people would see and learn to appreciate mural art.

  • Puru said:

    I love undergrounds. This looks so beautiful with all that glasswork. Government should consider making it a formal art gallery of sorts.

  • brandy bell said:

    What a great photo essay of a place I know nothing of about! Thanks for the beautiful images and info… It’s now on my to do list when I get back to New York :)

  • FLOW said:

    We would like to hear from anyone that has been in the subway and produce art on the walls. Bring your images to the community for us all to see. http://articlechase.com/beyondnews

  • Jennifer said:

    Great photos of the underground – it looks like its been lost in a time warp! The graffiti artists are very talented too!

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  • Max said:

    Nice Sophie! Can you tell us if it’s possible to visit this place?
    Thanks

  • Joe said:

    It looks a little similar to Bank tube station in London

  • Liz said:

    WoW those are some awesome pictures. I love it. That is definitely a hidden gem. :)

  • Christina said:

    Love stumbling upon these hidden gems!! Added to my list of things to see in nyc, next to the high line they converted into a park. Genius.

  • jaames said:

    i love this post just got on when i was stumbling. Great

  • Matt Wilkie said:

    Some amazing shots its surprising how much beauty of buildings is hidden away from the general public.

  • Mohammad Golam Faruque said:

    Very fantastic is hidden away from the station.

  • MPR said:

    Awesome subway station. It’s a shame it was closed, and that more of them don’t look like this.

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  • MoogJam said:

    NOT VISIBLE! Be careful, as Eloise above commented, friends recently tried to view this (on the basis of this site) and 1) the train driver was quite reluctant to let them stay on for the turn around and 2) it was PITCH BLACK, no lights at all, so they saw virtually nothing. Dang.

  • Arianwen said:

    Really gutted I didn’t get to experience this – although I only had one day in New York and managed to fit in a ridiculous number of sights.

  • Saounderground said:

    Just 1 wish to see this in true life. You have the great photos thats make me imagine thAT I TOUCH THE PLACE. :)

  • Joy said:

    These photos have inspired me. I have long wanted to photograph the hidden world of office and residental lobbies. I will post my photos on my website (nypiedaterre.com). I will try to change monthly…stay tuned.

  • roni said:

    the graffity in the last photo was made by an israeli guy – he’s tag name is Know Hope..

  • Carlous said:

    Hey, Great article and lovely photos – What an amazing hidden gem! I’m surprised someone hasn’t created a tour or something of this station. Thanks for sharing – looks great!

  • Sami said:

    WoW! Amazing pics (y) Thanks for sharing

  • Shah Naqueeb said:

    well thanx for the sharing of snaps..its amazing,,,its very goood to travel in this type of subway stations..

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  • Josh said:

    For what it’s worth, the reason they didn’t make the City Hall loop the transmit museum was that the IRT tracks are too narrow for the wider IND and BMT trains.

    I had a friend who saw it years ago, he just got off the train and hopped back on after the conductor walked through. Nice to know you can now stay on.

    There are other abandoned stations as well, e.g., the 91st station on the 7th Avenue line.

  • Helen Guittard said:

    Grand pictures of something not well known! ‘Surely inspired a lot of comments!

  • dunder said:

    The cave paintings of New York…that’s what future amazed anthropologists will call them.

  • Shytraveler said:

    That images are very bright and tell us something. But its more look like fake(compu grafics), I don’t know why probability color is faded, seeing some shadow behind the images . Im not a professional artist but i know how to find errors in art. he he he…

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  • Alexa said:

    Oh my gosh I love these pictures! I love history, cool buildings, travel – that is certainly a sight to behold!

  • William said:

    Wow, that’s so amazing. I’m from London originally, I know we’ve got some unused underground station, they should do something like this with them! A subway restaurant might be interesting!

  • Dwayne Kerr said:

    I’ve been to New York a few times and the next time I go new york city’s hidden subway station is going to be one of the stops ;)

  • Dante D'Anthony said:

    Movie set.

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  • BabsK said:

    The station is so much more beautiful than the grafitti. Really there is no comparison. I hope they can open it up again.

  • Thisourinfo said:

    what an art..got some say this vandalism but this is still the art.. very nice.

  • Kalaya.J said:

    It’s such a beautiful area (minus all the graffiti) and it’s really sad that such an unique place is no longer being used for what it was built for. If the City has no plans to repair and reuse this space for what it was meant for or something to showcase the beauty then they should at least use it for other things. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this was, There are so many homeless people in that area that maybe this could be turned into a safe place for them to stay. Maybe but in beds and repair the restrooms (if there is any down there) and allow anyone that needs a place to sleep to stay there. It would be safer than sleeping in the streets and the Winter weather in the New York area is horrible so it would give the homeless a warmer place to be.

  • Lolly Mihal said:

    I’ve been using this subway for such a long time and never thought that such a gem could be in such a messy and stinky place as NYC subway right next couple of yards. Loved this post! Thank you!

  • HJ said:

    Harry potter? more like Ninja Turtles!

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  • samcar1 said:

    so what this says is that a beautiful public artifact is being vandalized.

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  • wondernuts said:

    well, now I want to see this place. =)

  • Ellipse Kirk said:

    If Budapest can manage it, certainly NYC can.

    http://www.bkv.hu/en/gallery/foldalatti_vasuti_muzeum_budapest

  • SW Simpson said:

    Gorgeous! The train station should be restored/preserved and used for something like a museum, art gallery, special event location…. something. It is a shame to leave such beautiful work hidden, covered up, illegal to view.

  • Ron Harris said:

    In 1870, inventor Alfred Eli Beach (founder of Scientific American), unveiled New York’s first true subway.
    It ran one block under Broadway, between Murray and Warren Streets, and consisted of one small car that was propelled by pneumatic power – a huge fan at Warren Street that would literally blow the car to the other station. Then the fan would be reversed and would suck the car back. Top speed was 10 miles per hour.
    Beach constructed it in secrecy because of City Hall corruption in the form of one William Marcy “Boss” Tweed. A permit had been issued only for two small experimental pneumatic tubes to transport mail, and the eight-man-per-shift tunnelers would hide the dirt in their pants, letting it trail out as they walked to avoid someone noticing the huge amount of soil being excavated.
    The stations were ornate and classy, and on opening day in 1870, each station had a grand piano, among other touches.
    Alfred Eli Beach had a huge hit on his hands, but the corrupt Tammany Hall gang refused to let him keep building. The tunnel was closed and boarded up in 1874, and Beach would die penniless, a broken man with a dream.
    In 1912, workers building the BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transit, forerunner of the BMT) Manhattan City Hall station broke through a wall and discovered the forgotten station, the little car still sitting patiently on its rails, waiting for the gust of wind to again propel it.
    The station was torn down and the space became part of the City Hall station. Supposedly there was a commemorative plaque in that station, but I was never able to find it.
    I first read about the Beach Pneumatic Subway in 1967, and the story has stayed with me all these years. Who knew?!
    — Ron Harris (ron90069@pacbell.net)

    Oh…worth noting: within a few hours of the IRT’s opening on October 27, 1904, the first subway crime was reported…a theft of a diamond stickpin.

  • Virus said:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWF3IDk9Gek Also relevant if you want to see the subway in video and not just photos.

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  • Dang Khang said:

    Every time the lights are replaced. Amazing palace!

  • Rosado said:

    Impressive! Really like it. I’ll try to visit it on my next trip ti NY. In the meantime I enclosed one “similar” we also have in MAdrid. If you have the chance to visit Madrid do not miss it! ;)
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  • Lisa said:

    Bucket List for sure!

  • Lumaca said:

    very interesting read, thank you for sharing:)

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  • Anja van der Vorst said:

    Wow, how spectacular!!! And too bad that it is not possible and unsafe to explore these. But these pictures are gorgeous indeed, so they will have to do. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Hiller lake said:

    Very nice subway station considering that was open in 1904.

  • Bustami said:

    i wonder how do you get this picture, this is really stunning pictures, thank you for sharing.. cheers

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  • noel said:

    You captured the images well with all the dark lighting, and what beautiful underground spaces, I’ve got to visit next time I’m in the city.

  • d2 said:

    cool…I have to go there to learn martial arts from splinter

  • Fumez IFM said:

    I got arrested there when i was 11, that was 20 years ago. They didnt book me or anything, just made my mom get me from the precinct. It was awesome. It hadn’t been my first time either. I was in the process of showing more and more friends. Some of the giant murals are poems and stories about adventures and secret tunnels that can get you all the way to Canada.

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  • anik said:

    thats a great picture

  • “Here is New York”-Give us your torch… | nycchanges said:

    [...] You didn’t know? Where else are there abandoned stations? [...]

  • Seaottr said:

    Wasn’t this the location that part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was filmed?

  • signjay said:

    The subway station is absolutely gorgeous. The architecture is beautiful. The graffiti is not beautiful. I hate graffiti and don’t think it’s any kind of art at all. It’s no more art than hiccupping is singing.

  • Akarude said:

    Incorrect use of the word ‘infamous’.

  • More Abandoned Stations: City Hall | NYVOICE said:

    [...] Some of the best photos of the City Hall station I’ve seen. Check these out.Travelettes » New York City’s Hidden Subway Station. [...]

  • Pet Jeffery said:

    “…as the station’s tracks were severely curved, a dangerous gap between the train doors and the platform was formed making it an unsafe area.” In London, there are similar curved tracks at platforms (the Central Line at Bank station is an example). The London Underground deals with it by using recorded announcements of “mind the gap”.

  • Sarah Eigen said:

    I knew that there was an abandoned station near City Hall, but never new that it was so beautiful!

  • New York City’s Hidden Subway Station « ~II~ THE WATCHTOWERS ~II~ said:

    [...] SOURCE: http://www.travelettes.net/new-york-city%E2%80%99s-hidden-subway-station/ [...]

  • Rob Frankel said:

    See, now THIS is proof that art is for everyone. Magnificence in every style. I love this stuff.

  • Allen Shapiro said:

    Thee were plans to open the station to the public in September 2001. The reason the station is not open to the public is that it is directly under city hall, and after 9/11 there were concerns it would be used by terrorists.

  • Kimberly said:

    Why wouldn’t someone fill in the tracks and make this into a club? or some sort of usable space?? I don’t get it.
    What a waste.

  • Ian Mac said:

    Those tracks are very shiny for a station very few would know about!!

  • Joshuah Allen said:

    They need to pour concrete over the unused tracks, wall up the ends, and turn that into a beautiful dance night club, with lighting set up high above the leaded glass ceiling to illuminate the space… It would be epic :o )

  • Intimate Witch Smyth said:

    Breathtaking! I can’t help thinking of tht 1980′s cult classic ‘Beauty & The Beast’. The magical underground living quarters were all based on old forgotten stations like this one. I must agree with so many others; it’s foolish not to open this to the public. But, one step at a time; at least they’ve begun letting it be seen. Peraps one day we’ll be able to actually enter and walk there. Gorgeous legacy!

  • Reli-Abilities said:

    its a modern version of the planet of the apes lost city

  • Christian Vogel said:

    There’s a cool movie that (I think) also features this subway station:

    Undercity

    http://vimeo.com/18280328

  • Greg said:

    I’m at city hall station all the time. I’ll have to check this out.

  • New York abandoned subway station turned into a gallery | Spraydaily.com said:

    [...] More articles and information about the Underbelly Project: - Theunderbellyproject.com - Street Art Way Below the Street (NY Times, 2010.10.31) - New York City’s Hidden Subway Station (Travelettes.net 2012.12.24) [...]

  • Ouida said:

    How beautiful is this. Had to look at the photos several times to get the full effect of all this is down there. If ever I’m up there I would like to tour it. May the beauty remain forever.

  • Boz said:

    Reminiscent of the fantastic Metro stations in Moscow – some stations have chandeliers. Many have heroic Soviet art – farm and factory workers with a vision of a glorious socialist state. Quite a contrast to the looks on the faces of the people actually USING the subway system!

  • Dan said:

    You can go there, right now. Just stay on the No. 6 train at Brooklyn Bridge. It’ll go through this City Hall station and turn around to become a northbound No. 6 train.

    Up until a couple years ago the conductor or a cop would kick you off, but they no longer seem to mind it. It’s quite an attraction. Many years ago, I “forgot” to get off at Brooklyn Bridge, and I told the cop who came through the cars that I missed my stop. He must have heard this story a zillion times, chewed me out a bit, then went on his way through the train.

  • patti said:

    These pictures are images of a time when we had ‘civility’ in our society. We’ve lost a degree of that and that’s sad.

  • dkphoenix5 said:

    Really nice, too bad it can be converted into a bar or restaurant or something where people could spend time. The architectural details are wonderful. I even like the grafitti art except, I’d prefer to not have any rodent art… Of course the tracks would have to go and I guess that might interfere with the number 6 line a bit…

  • Tom said:

    Wow! That is absolutely beautiful! A shame that the knowledge of that station and it’s craftmanship has been forgotten for such a long time. Hopefully, they will turn it into something the public WANTS to notice and expierience this one.

  • I run NY said:

    This is such a crock……there is no such station that looks like this. The grafitti, maybe but this wonderous station doesn’t exist…except the cleaned up & restored Grand Central Station, which is marvelous.

  • cd said:

    Glad they keep people out of the really pretty part. Others would have no respect and would ruin it with their ugly graffiti.

  • Dan said:

    WOW ONE OF THE MOST EXITING PLACES I HAVE EVER SEEN THAT WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE FOR A RESTRAUNT.

  • A few links to blink at | Bobster's House said:

    [...]  In New York City, there is a subway station that has never been used. [...]

  • Saturday News Chum « Observations Along the Road said:

    [...] is a big city. So big, in fact, that it has subway stations it built and never uses. Here’s an interesting article on one of those stations: the City Hall station. Looks beautiful for a station that old. I always like the style of NYC subway stations. [...]

  • From PJ Lifestyle: New York City’s Buried Museum To Its Opulent Past | ChrisQueen.net said:

    [...] of the system that the public hasn’t seen in 70 years. One example is the ornate, century-old City Hall Station, which the city closed in 1945. The only tourists who have seen it have dodged security guards and [...]

  • Stacey said:

    Wow I never new about this! I wish you could get off and have a look around. Amazing photos too!

  • New York City’s Hidden Subway Station – Not So Secret Obsession | waldina said:

    [...] via Travelettes » New York City’s Hidden Subway Station. [...]

  • Sam said:

    looks like teenage mutant ninja turtles

  • John - Ny Shopping said:

    Wow, this is really cool!
    There are so many things to find out in New York.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    John

  • BakoymaTravels said:

    This looks absolutely gorgeous, I had no idea this existed! Thank you so much for sharing, I can’t wait to see it in person.

  • Nick said:

    Wow! Very interesting and some delightful photos. This reminds me of the mysterious old (now closed) stations that we have in London, UK. There are regular tours that go in the old mysterious (supposedly “haunted”) stations. Very creepy.

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  • Michael Matti said:

    What a unique location. I would love to explore there… but not alone! haha.

  • Paul Scoropan said:

    I do not like graffiti. I mean they are very nicely drawn, but in a subway tunnel is a little creepy.

  • Siddhartha Joshi said:

    Its fantastic! I simply love the place…will make sure I see it from the train (will refer here for details) on my next NYC trip…

  • miguel justiniano said:

    That seems to happen a lot people forget. Just like with the empire state building. During world war 2 the lights on the top of the empire state building were turned off so that enemy planes wouldn’t target the building an after the war was over ,they forgot about turning the lights back on it until a janitor discovered a closet an started cleaning it
    out and found the switch. That happened in 1970′s talk about forgetting

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