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Currently based in New York, Joyce is a recent graduate from NYU with a BSc degree in Media, Culture and Communication.

1-Myrtle Ave-Subway Station-Abandoned-Art-New York-Untapped CitiesA rendering of the installed art piece at the abandoned Myrtle Ave subway station. Source:MTA

Closed in 1956, Myrtle Ave subway station used to run on the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit line between Manhattan Bridge and DeKalb Avenue. The DeKalb Ave section ran into a lot of problems as it was the chokepoint for the entire BMT Broadway subway operation, “with a lot of merges and some routings crossing others at grade in the switches on both sides of the station,” writes Joseph Brennan. The entire area was rebuilt in 1956, and this caused Myrtle Ave to lose its southbound platform. The northbound platform still exists, but has been closed ever since. An artwork called Masstransiscope by Bill Brand is located in the abandoned Myrtle Ave station. Installed in 1980, the piece works like a giant zoetrope.


Abandoned Worth Street Station-NYC-6 Subway Line-IRTImage by Dock Ellis via Under City Sun

The Worth St station is a decommissioned subway station along the original IRT subway line in New York City between Canal Street and Brooklyn Bridge. It was closed to passengers in 1962 due to its proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge station which had extended its platform north. Once the full-sized Brooklyn Bridge station opened, Worth St became, well, worthless. For a period of time, the Brooklyn Bridge station was actually known as Brooklyn Bridge-Worth Street, but that name has long faded into obscurity.


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A photo of the 18th St long before it was abandoned (1905). Source: Glassian

The 18th Street subway station was originally on the IRT Line, formerly sandwiched between 14th St-Union Square and 23rd Street. After World War II, the Board of Transportation embarked on a platform extension program. The famous City Hall subway station was closed in 1945 because its curved platform could not accommodate the longer trains we see today.


1-cropsey-house_farm-colony_9616_10801Greenbelt’s unruly forest surrounds Farm Colony structures. Image via AbandonedNYC

Abandoned for over 40 years, the Staten Island Farm Colony today is a creepy memento of its dark and troubled past. Situated in the center of Greenbelt’s lush forest, the Farm Colony’s decrepit structures are enveloped in trees and vines, and are only visible from November-May according to AbandonedNYC(more…)

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. (more…)

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We’ve been pretty obsessed with rats recently, from our look into the history of the inflatable union rat, to the permanent bronze union rat sitting at Lever House, to our frequent reference to Robert Sullivan’s great NYC book, Rats.

The next time you pass by the Graybar Building at Grand Central Terminal, be sure to look up. At first glance, the canopy above the entrance to the building looks rather ordinary–but if you look close enough, there are actually three miniature rat sculptures on the canopy’s support rods. The sculpted rats are depicted as if they are climbing the anchor ropes on a ship, a quirky reference to New York’s maritime roots.