10 of NYC’s Abandoned and Incomplete Subway Platforms and Levels

Abandoned-Platform-Level-Times-Square-Port-Authority-A-C-E-Aqueduct-Racetrack-Line-LIRR-NYC42nd Street-Times Square Port Authority Lower Level in 1996. Photo by Peter Dougherty, via NYC Subway

We’ve presented seven subway stations that have been abandoned in New York City. Here we show platforms and levels in active stations that were abandoned or incomplete, sourced from the extensive research on Joseph Brennan’s Abandoned Stations.

10. Chambers Street J/M/Z

At Chambers Street, one side of the station is significantly deteriorating across from actively used platforms

The Chambers Street station has a long history of changes, with trains entering the station from the Williamsburg Bridge originally, then the Manhattan Bridge when it was completed. There was also a Rockaway Beach service that originated from Chamber Street from 1913 to 1917, operated by the Long Island Rail Road and Brooklyn Rapid Transit.

In 1931, the Nassau street subway (now the J/Z lines) opened running south from Chambers Street. As part of this plan, two platforms were closed. Part of the station was converted into the basement of the Municipal Archives. Another platform was removed to accommodate the expansion of Brooklyn Bridge station.

The platform from which all the photographs were taken from is still accessible, as the the downtown J/M trains still stop on one side on weekdays.

A staircase exit from this formerly used platform:

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The tiling on this platform has become significantly damaged:

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Looks like someone literally just took out the tiling showing the Brooklyn Bridge design for their own usage:

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The end of the platform:

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On the uptown side, the tiling is completely different. This wall was added when the platform was co-opted into the Brooklyn Bridge station. You can still see the edge of that platform peeking out from the wall.

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5 Responses
  1. Do you have any photos of the old 14th St subway food venders area in the mez from the 1960’s ? one could get some snacks and drinks there and the smell of that food was overwhelming, thanks.

  2. There’s a 39 street incompleteed lower level just saw that yesterday on the Brooklyn D line sh it is thight tho would like to see you guys do a post about that a would love the see some pictures from there

  3. “It’s unclear why the the lower level of the A/C/E track was constructed, as it never operated as part of the IND or IRT systems but it was used between 1959 and 1981 as the origin for the special Aqueduct Racetrack train.” Rumor has it the city built it on purpose, ironically to prevent the IRT from extending what today we call the 7 line!

    • Actually, it did operate for a while in regular revenue service. I don’t remember the dates, but the southbound morning rush hour E trains used it for a short period when they were still running express on 8th Avenue during rush hours.

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