The Ghost Subway Station of New York

It was supposed to be the showpiece of New York City’s new subway system. Stained glass windows, skylights and brass chandeliers adorned its curved walls and arched ceilings. According to Daily Mail, City Hall station was unexpectedly closed to the public a mere 41 years after opening its doors in 1904.

Almost immediately after opening, the entire IRT line needed expanding, and the solution was longer trains. Stations needed to be expanded, and this was disastrous for City Hall. The new trains had moved their doors to the center of each car. On a curved station like City Hall this created an dangerous gap between the exit point on the train and the platform.

The City Hall Station was closed on December 31, 1945. The skylights were covered over and the station was boarded up. Although it would spend the next few decades closed to the public, the tracks were still used as the turnaround point for the IRT 6 after its final Brooklyn Bridge stop. So while the station was lost to the ages, it was not forgotten.

But today there still is a way to see this wonder of the New York underground. The IRT 6 used to make all passengers leave the train at the Brooklyn Bridge stop, but not any longer. Those with a little extra time can stay on the train and view the City Hall Station as it is used as a turnaround. This is a little forgotten piece of New York that makes the city seem a little more intimate.

Photographs by John-Paul Palescandolo and Eric Kazmirek

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