This Subway Station Under New York City Has Been Abandoned For Decades

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New York City Hall is something of a grand construction. In fact, the building has actually been accorded the status of an official landmark of the city of New York. But in addition to this, there’s also a space beneath the structure which itself is rather impressive. This is City Hall’s subway station.

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New York City’s first ever subway line started operating way back in the year 1904. At the heart of this network lay City Hall station, which was constructed in a particularly lavish fashion. The stop, in fact, was defined by fine tile work and striking chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

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Yet the station itself ultimately proved to be unpopular with travelers. Despite its extravagance, it seems that New Yorkers opted instead to pass through other, more convenient stops in order to go about their daily business. By 1923, City Hall was the last remaining station not to have put turnstiles in place.

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The City Hall stop was ultimately utilized by very few people. After all, for travelers with specific destinations in mind, it was more efficient to simply bypass it altogether. These people were instead better off walking to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge station and commuting from there. More to the point, City Hall station was built on a bend, which meant only modified trains that could keep their centre doors shut could stop there.

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December 31, 1945, marked the City Hall stop’s final day. It was then shut down, meaning that commuters could no longer step out into its elaborate confines. Having said that, however, trains actually do pass through the station today. So while services don’t stop here, passengers can nonetheless peek out the windows at City Hall’s splendor.