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.
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.
Greenbelt’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…)
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.
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, an quirky reference to New York’s maritime roots.
Our fascination with road signs will never end. Last month, we showed you French artist Clet Abraham’s street sign hacking in Europe, and this time around we will be looking at some thought-provoking signs from our Canadian neighbors.
Open City Projects recently brought our attention to The Centre for Print and Media Arts and Atelier Imago‘s Road Sign Project. The art centers have collectively produced a number of eye-catching road signs which now pepper the streets of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. By presenting these signs in the public space, the project aims bring awareness to the art of printmaking while addressing issues in our “post-industrial urban existence.” According Open City Projects, the artists were asked to specifically use “the vernacular and syntax of email and text messaging” for their work.