New Yorker reveals how to see the 'ghost station' hidden in the subway system
The City Hall station opened in 1904 as part of the first subway line in New York, and closed in 1945, but there's one way you can still see it.
Viera delved deeper into its history, saying:"Let's take a small interjection to show you something cool here at the Manhattan Municipal Building, which is where the station is located (underneath.) You can see over Guastavino tile (same as in the abandoned City Hall Station.) Great example and these tiles are famous all around New York City, and they're also in Grand Central Terminal and a few other major New York city skyscrapers."
And he seemingly explained why it closed, saying:"So the reason they actually stopped this (service to the station) was because of this screeching noise. By 1945 they realized this was causing too much issues. The platform was too curvy, so it's actually a loop.
"So now we're going to turn back and get a ride back to the station we started in. The Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall stop. So that's how you see it. Stick onto the last train in the 6 train, stay beyond the last stop and you'll see it and you'll get back to where you started." headtopics.com
The footage has amassed more than 1.2 million views since being shared, and can be seenhere. But in the comments, Viera stressed:"I don't condone trespassing of any kind. Please respect the rules of the subway system."Commenting on the clip, Elena revealed:"I accidentally went there because I was wearing earphones and didn't know it was the last stop until I looked round and I was by myself I freaked out."
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While Allie Sun added:"Pre-COVID if you were a member of the transit museum, they had opportunities to go on tours there."Architectural magazineMetalocusexplained more about Guastavino's role, saying:"In 1900, New York architects Heins & LaFarge hired Guastavino to help construct City Hall station, the underground showpiece for the IRT, the first part of the then-new New York City Subway. The station, although elegant, was never convenient or popular, and after it closed in 1945 it became a legendary abandoned Manhattan underground relic, the secret of subway buffs and urban spelunkers."
The Interborough Rapid Transit subway (IRT) was the first line to open on October 27 1904, according to websiteNycsubway.org, which described City Hall as"the showpiece" of the new system."Unusually elegant in architectural style, it is unique among the original IRT stations. The platform and mezzanine feature Guastavino arches and skylights, colored glass tilework, and brass chandeliers," it said. headtopics.com
A map of the New York Subway from 1907. City Hall station and its loop can clearly be seen.Museum of the City of New York/Getty ImagesThe website cites a different reason for the closure, explaining the 400-foot-long platform, on a steep curve, was originally built to accommodate the length of a five-car IRT train, as was standard design.
As the population of the city increased, as did the need for longer trains, but City Hall's unique design meant it was impractical to lengthen the platform.The website said:"The new longer trains had center doors on each car, and at City Hall's tight curve, it was dangerous to open them."
City Hall station was closed on December 31, 1945, with commuters now using the nearby Brooklyn Bridge station.But as Viera demonstrated, the track is still very much in use for the 6 train to reverse direction heading back to the Bronx.Newsweekreached out to Viera and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for comment.
Number 6 train on New York subway. A man has explained you need to take the number 6 train past the last stop to see a disused station. Read more: Newsweek »
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I know already about city hall Station on the Pelham bay line (6) 😂