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Abandoned 91st Street Subway Station-1 line-NYCImages via UnderCitySun by Marie Curie

The New York City Subway is one of the oldest public transit systems in the world, so it’s no surprise that Manhattan has its fair share of abandoned subway stations. We previously toured the unused City Hall station but there are many more, hidden from the public eye. We’ll begin first with the abandoned subway stations in the system, then move onto the system’s abandoned levels, platforms, and sections.

20. South 4th Street, The Underbelly Project

Underneath Williamsburg at South 4th Street there’s a 6-track station of the IND line that was never opened. In 2009, over the course of a year, street artists PAC and Workhorse invited 100 street artists in and out of the station to create work there overnight. dubbedThe Underbelly Project. The idea was to create an underground gallery, but as PAC describes, apart from recruiting artists they could trust from pre-existing relationships, everything “happened organically along the way.” This video tells the story and shows the art well, and the project went on to be replicated in Paris.  Whether the art still exists in the NYC subway station remains a question, but most we’ve spoken to feel that the MTA sealed off the station and it has remained relatively untouched. Second Avenue Sagas has a great explanation of the unused subway station.

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29 Comments

  1. progsnob says:

    I’m an employee and have come across many abandoned sections of the subway system in my two years working. I know there are plenty of other places and I intend to find them all, or as many as possible. If anyone ever wants to do some exploring, let me know. I do have access to places that most don’t.

  2. Paul1705 says:

    There are more: the PATH system has an abandoned station at 19th Street and 6th Avenue (closed in the 1950s) that can be seen from passing trains. There was another station at 28th Street but it was sealed and very little is now visible. That one closed in the 1930s when the 33rd Street stop was extended south.

    New Jersey itself has an abandoned station on the Newark Light Rail, formerly the Newark City Subway for streetcars. Heller Parkway was a station in an open cut. Opened around 1935, it was closed in 2001 when the adjacent Franklin Avenue-Branch Brook Park stop was expanded. The last time I was there the station was still intact.

  3. Jim says:

    It’s a shame that everywhere you go the losers and their spray cans have to spoil everything with their worthless graffiti.

  4. patricia says:

    Seeing all these abandoned places is NYC is quite creepy

  5. Kiwiwriter says:

    My father remembered riding through and using all of these listed stations — I’m a fourth-generation New Yorker — and the Sedgwick and Anderson-Jerome Stations might be still in business today, except that they had an issue with their third-rail setup.

    The Transit Authority wanted to connect the shuttle with the extension of the IRT Lenox Avenue line to run service from 145th Street to 155th and 8th Avenue and then up through that shuttle to The Bronx. But the Anderson Avenue Shuttle, being the last remnant of the Ninth Avenue El, had different third-rail connectors from the Lenox Avenue Subway, and the Sedgwick-Anderson tunnels were too narrow to accommodate the subway-style third rails. So the grand plan was defeated. Too bad…it would have been a useful route.

    The remains of both stations are still there, of course. Dad used to ride that shuttle to visit rellies in The Bronx or to go to Yankee Stadium or the Polo Grounds to watch the Yankees or the Giants.

  6. Michael Spudic says:

    “A full station and tracks were installed in Queens that were to connect to the Roosevelt Island-74th Street stop but were never used.” Typo, should read Roosevelt Ave and not Roosevelt Island.

  7. Steve Fleisher says:

    Great page

  8. Tom Loughlin Jr says:

    Pity that the City Hall station closed. A beauty. Make shorter cars !
    Tom

    • Justin says:

      It’s not even just that. The curve of the platform leaves a huge gap in between the train and the platform. You have to literally jump the gap.

  9. Sarah says:

    You can still see Masstransiscope if you take the Q from the Dekalb station towards Manhattan. and keep looking out the window (keep facing the side you are facing when you get on the train). You see it not long after the train leaves the station. I feel like most people don’t know this, because I’m always the only one looking :)

  10. Rick says:

    I’m able to see some of Sedgwick using google maps !

  11. TOM MURPHY says:

    My father(and many others) used the Myrtle Ave Station for years when he worked at the Con Ed Hudson Avenue power plant. All workers were required to work on rotated shifts so the walk from DeKalb Avenue to the waterfront around midnight always frightened my mother.

  12. Ellen says:

    I think there is an unused platform beneath the F train stop at Warren and/or Bergen Street, with posters and ads that date to the 1970s. I saw it around 1998, 1999 when my PM southbound train dipped down and we slowly went through here, due to some construction work going on at the regular platform. DO you know anything about this? I will never forget this!

    • michelle young says:

      Hi Ellen! Actually, we just did a post about abandoned platforms and levels in the NYC subway system and included Bergen Street. Thanks for the comment! http://untappedcities.com/2013/08/19/9-nyc-abandoned-incomplete-subway-platforms-levels/

    • Provida says:

      Yes the station on the F train under the Bergen Street stop was shut down in the late 70’s or early 80’s due to a water damage under Smith Street which damaged the express stop at Bergen Street. Until 2 years ago when they started fixing the Smith 9 Street station nothing was done to the express tracts. Now if the trans go express from Jay Street to 7 Avenue and reverse when they go slow you can see the under ground station not in use.

  13. Karen says:

    are there tours available to view these stations?

  14. Michael Dambrosio says:

    If you are ever on the l going toward canarsie we can see abdoned stations and tracks of the el.

    • Jocko Dee says:

      Michael, What you see from the L train between Broadway Junction and Sutter Ave stations are the remains of the old Fulton St and Pitkin Ave elevated lines. The eastern section of the old Fulton-Pitkin elevated service is still used today by the IND A line.

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