Tuesday, December 7, 2010

NYC:Abandoned City Hall Subway Station Visible Again

I remember seeing this once back in the 70s when there were constant problems or fires on subways causing re-routing of trains quickly.  No one believed what I said I saw. How grand it was, even unlit. There was no such station, they said.  Well, here you go.  (click image to embiggen.) Vindicated after 4 decades.  I love stories like this, but you knew that.

If you ride the 6 train to the end of the line and get off at the Brooklyn Bridge stop, you're missing out on something incredible. As the train loops around to go back uptown, it passes through an abandoned and beautifully preserved City Hall station from 1904.
The city closed the station in 1945, mostly because at its height only 600 people a day used it, and because the loop created an unsafe gap at the platform. In 1995 the city vowed to restore the site and turn it into a part of the transit museum, but those plans were scrapped years later.
The station is still not open to the public, but there's a trick you can use to see it for yourself. Until recently the MTA would force passengers to get off before the train made the loop, but now passengers are allowed to stay on. So the next time you reach the end of the line, keep going. And check out these amazing photos courtesy of John-Paul Palescandolo and Eric Kazmirek.
The photos are amazing, as you'll see HERE.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, THC would have loved this story. He too, as you know, saw the vision of this station and no one believed him.

    Tom is smiling upon you, my friend.

    The pictures ARE beautiful.


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