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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.

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20. 91st Street Station Abandoned Station

Just a few blocks from the 96th Street subway station along the 1/2/3 lines sits the abandoned 91st Street Subway station. It was in service since 1904 and was part of the first subway. But with a 200 foot platform, the station was retired in 1959 for similar reasons as the abandoned Worth Street and 18th Street stations. With the extension of neighboring subway stations–96th Street in this case–some stations simply became too close to each other. With one entrance to the 96th Street station just 100 feet from 93rd Street, there wasn’t much use for the 91st Street stop anymore but you can still see it when you’re riding the 1 train.

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33 thoughts on “20 of NYC’s Abandoned Subway Stations, Levels and Platforms

  1. “you can walk from 7th Avenue to Church Avenue in Brooklyn on the F train without ever seeing a platform through an entire abandoned level”

    It sounds like you’re talking about walking down the express tracks (not walking on the train) of the IND Prospect Park Line, which cut under the park while the local tracks take a more circuitous route to serve nearby neighborhoods. The express tracks are currently not used in regular service (although that may change soon) but they are most certainly not “abandoned”.

    1. Yes, you’re correct! We updated another piece, but missed this one. Someone from the MTA actually asked us (personally) to remove the reference since he drives trains down this level and doesn’t want to encourage explorers.

  2. I’m an employee and have come across many abandoned sections of the subway system in my two years working. I know there are plenty of other places and I intend to find them all, or as many as possible. If anyone ever wants to do some exploring, let me know. I do have access to places that most don’t.

    1. I would be so down for that. I’ve been looking for places to explore around the city and that sounds amazing. Hit me up on facebook when you can

      p.s. the link expires sometime in early April

    2. I would actually love to do some exploring here!Let me know the best way of reaching you

    3. I’d be very interested in exploring. I’ve loved trains and the technology surrounding them (guess that’s part of why I’m an engineer 🙂

  3. There are more: the PATH system has an abandoned station at 19th Street and 6th Avenue (closed in the 1950s) that can be seen from passing trains. There was another station at 28th Street but it was sealed and very little is now visible. That one closed in the 1930s when the 33rd Street stop was extended south.

    New Jersey itself has an abandoned station on the Newark Light Rail, formerly the Newark City Subway for streetcars. Heller Parkway was a station in an open cut. Opened around 1935, it was closed in 2001 when the adjacent Franklin Avenue-Branch Brook Park stop was expanded. The last time I was there the station was still intact.

  4. It’s a shame that everywhere you go the losers and their spray cans have to spoil everything with their worthless graffiti.

  5. My father remembered riding through and using all of these listed stations — I’m a fourth-generation New Yorker — and the Sedgwick and Anderson-Jerome Stations might be still in business today, except that they had an issue with their third-rail setup.

    The Transit Authority wanted to connect the shuttle with the extension of the IRT Lenox Avenue line to run service from 145th Street to 155th and 8th Avenue and then up through that shuttle to The Bronx. But the Anderson Avenue Shuttle, being the last remnant of the Ninth Avenue El, had different third-rail connectors from the Lenox Avenue Subway, and the Sedgwick-Anderson tunnels were too narrow to accommodate the subway-style third rails. So the grand plan was defeated. Too bad…it would have been a useful route.

    The remains of both stations are still there, of course. Dad used to ride that shuttle to visit rellies in The Bronx or to go to Yankee Stadium or the Polo Grounds to watch the Yankees or the Giants.

  6. “A full station and tracks were installed in Queens that were to connect to the Roosevelt Island-74th Street stop but were never used.” Typo, should read Roosevelt Ave and not Roosevelt Island.

  7. Pity that the City Hall station closed. A beauty. Make shorter cars !

    1. It’s not even just that. The curve of the platform leaves a huge gap in between the train and the platform. You have to literally jump the gap.

  8. You can still see Masstransiscope if you take the Q from the Dekalb station towards Manhattan. and keep looking out the window (keep facing the side you are facing when you get on the train). You see it not long after the train leaves the station. I feel like most people don’t know this, because I’m always the only one looking 🙂

  9. My father(and many others) used the Myrtle Ave Station for years when he worked at the Con Ed Hudson Avenue power plant. All workers were required to work on rotated shifts so the walk from DeKalb Avenue to the waterfront around midnight always frightened my mother.

  10. I think there is an unused platform beneath the F train stop at Warren and/or Bergen Street, with posters and ads that date to the 1970s. I saw it around 1998, 1999 when my PM southbound train dipped down and we slowly went through here, due to some construction work going on at the regular platform. DO you know anything about this? I will never forget this!

    1. Yes the station on the F train under the Bergen Street stop was shut down in the late 70’s or early 80’s due to a water damage under Smith Street which damaged the express stop at Bergen Street. Until 2 years ago when they started fixing the Smith 9 Street station nothing was done to the express tracts. Now if the trans go express from Jay Street to 7 Avenue and reverse when they go slow you can see the under ground station not in use.

  11. If you are ever on the l going toward canarsie we can see abdoned stations and tracks of the el.

    1. Michael, What you see from the L train between Broadway Junction and Sutter Ave stations are the remains of the old Fulton St and Pitkin Ave elevated lines. The eastern section of the old Fulton-Pitkin elevated service is still used today by the IND A line.

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