New York City Subway System

New York City’s Hidden Subway Station

Amazing.  I lived in New York City all of my life up until the late 1990’s and I’d never heard about this…


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?

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.

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.

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!

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.

11 thoughts on “New York City’s Hidden Subway Station

  1. I’m never amazed at a “New Discovery” in New York, New York. This is a magnificent find that has been opened to the Public. I’m going to ride the number 6 train before the week is out so I can take a first hand look at this great architectural wonder. This is just one peek into what is underground in New York City. We need to take a closer look at what is under the City and we’ll find some great moments to write about. New York, New York, so nice, they named It Twice!!


  2. Amazing! Downtown Los Angeles has one too. It is magnificent. From there, there are stairways for underground for emergency bunkers that only the corporate leaders, elites and politicians have access too in the event of a disaster. These tunnels exist around the world.


  3. Sounds a little like Park Street station in Boston where the green line tracks are very curved, but just before the place where the cars stop. And the green line still has to use special train cars. All a relic of the first subway. But the undergound here is not as beautiful!


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