In 2012, the Bleecker Street subway station was renovated to create a much-needed transfer from the uptown 6 train to the B/D/F/M trains, as previously transfers were only available to those on the downtown 6. The modification necessitated a shift in the subway platform south, and a northwards extension of the subway platform that was itself added in the 1950s to accommodate the longer 10-car trains closed. This platform is still viewable when you’re on the 6 train leaving the station and has preserved some advertisements from 2011.
James and Karla Murray are the photographers and authors of the fantastic books about New York City’s unique disappearing storefronts, aptly titled Store Front and Store Front II. They also run a fun blog that covers spots in their books and their own explorations. They recently reached out to us to share their their exploration of the abandoned Port Morris line train tracks, taken over the course of more than a decade, in the Bronx, built in 1842. Up until the late 2000s, the rail corridor was nicknamed the “Mott Haven Swamp,” due to the huge amount of stagnant water that had accumulated. In December 2009, the Department of Environmental Protection removed 625,000 gallons of water from a one-mile section, as well as “45 tons of soggy junk,” reported The New York Times. In recent times, there’s been talk about converting this into a “Lowline park” to combat the homeless camps and drug users that populate it.
Late at night and on weekends, the MTA stores a significant number of subway trains underground. Some of these trains are parked in dedicated underground subway yards, while others are stored on express tracks and tracks that were originally built as part of subway routes that were never completed. As a follow-up to our previous article on where New York City’s wheels and hooves go at night, here are seven below-ground overnight homes for the city’s subway cars.
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With its historic metal treads still in place (they have been replaced in every other New York City subway station), the Bowery station is infamous for the decrepit state of its abandoned section. But lately, it has been in the news for two very different reasons. First, the station was used as a training site for an NYPD terror drill and then a graffiti artist known as “VEW” created a Star Wars-themed “Anti-ISIS” mural.
Earlier this month, we wrote about the semi-abandoned East New York freight tunnel, a popular backdrop for television and films. Our source, who came across the rail line by poring over old maps, has recently shared more images from his exploration there. The tunnel, built in 1918, has four tracks but only one is active today – “a short haul freight run from Fresh Pond yard (to the north) running down to Bay Ridge.”
For the last five years, German artist Bettina WitteVeen has been working on a site-specific installation inside the abandoned Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital building. The photographic exhibit, “When We Were Soldiers… once and young (WWWS),” opens Saturday and will be free to the public with advance tickets. While urban explorers will be likely drawn in by the rare access to this part of the Navy Yard property–in fact, it’s the first time an artist has been allowed use of the hospital building known as R95–the exhibit itself also deserves additional explanation. A press visit on Thursday morning allowed us to hear directly from WitteVeen herself, who hopes this artistic exploration of war combat can incite a dialogue about redemption.