By Jim Cutler
Abandoned Old NYC City Hall Subway Station
Fifteen of us explored a ghost NYC subway station that’s been closed to the public since 1945. From 1904, millions of people traveled from here until it was closed 68 years ago. My family recently joined the NYC MTA Transit Museum. They allow a very small group to tour this “Jewel In the Crown”, the closed Old City Hall Subway Station. It’s located directly below Old City Hall, not far from the current City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge station. The old station’s _curved_platform is unusual but accommodated the original shorter subway cars of 1904. By the 1940’s the curved platform presented a huge problem for the new longer cars. Because of the 100% curved station, today’s subway car-doors don’t even get close to the platform. Below are my photos mixed in with originals from the US National Archives.
I won’t give away too many wonderful details about the architecture, the masonry, wonderful arches, original brass fixtures, skylights, the amazing story behind how it was built and who designed it. For that, please join the NYC MTA Transit Museum. (http://www.mta.info/mta/museum/) It’s well worth it and admission supports the great work of the Transit Museum. This is a wonderful experience for urban explorers. Special thanks to Luz at the Museum.