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.
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 greenhouse, made of glass, copper, iron and wood, was built in 1895 by architect G. Curtis Gillespie. By all accounts, it was a destination in itself, with its high domed roofs, bays and delicate Victorian details. Despite its decayed state today, it’s easy to imagine the greenhouse overflowing with flowers in its heyday.
In an effort to expose NYC’s abandoned subway stations and incomplete platforms and levels, we’re taking you inside the Hoyt-Schermerhorn stop in Brooklyn. The station opened in 1936 as part of the IND Line and served the Fulton Street Line, which originally had local and express trains. Manhattan-bound express trains stopped at Jay Street-Borough Hall and continued north, as you can see on the map below. Northbound local trains were set to terminate at Court Street (today the site of the Transit Museum), but that station was closed in 1946 due to low ridership. After that, only express trains ran through the station, making the outer platforms obsolete. They’ve been disused ever since. Today, the A, C and G trains run on the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station’s inner platforms. While waiting for those trains, you can clearly see the abandoned platforms across the way. (more…)
Aldwych Baths (Aldwych Station) by Charlotte Tamplin, Charlotte Marshall, Kate Stevens for Forgotten Spaces
When you pass an abandoned building, a discontinued subway station, or an empty lot, does your mind ever wander and imagine the possibilities with that space? Well, that is exactly what the 2013 Forgotten Spaces Competition in London aimed to do: find creative solutions to “forgotten spaces” around the city. A collaboration between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), and the Landscape Institute, the competition invites designers to find innovative solutions to regenerate the spaces. The competition asks its competitors these following questions: How would you bring the area under a flyover to life? How could a disused car park be made beautiful? What potential lies in neglected parks, spaces under railways or on our rooftops?