9. The Abandoned Bowery Station Platform

With its historic metal treads still in place (they have been replaced every other New York City subway station), the Bowery station is infamous for the decrepit state of its abandoned section. But lately, it’s been in the news for two very different reasons. First, the abandoned platform 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.

The station was originally designed with four tracks and two island platforms (meaning each platform was between two tracks). Now, however, the station only has three tracks, since the fourth track, located on the abandoned northbound portion of the station, was removed in 2004 during renovations. Only two of the tracks are actually in use.

Along each side of the Bowery station is a mezzanine. The west mezzanine is closed, and there were escalators running up to the east mezzanine in the original construction. One side of the station even has a raised ceiling where a proposed subway was supposed to run through.

The south end of the station contains newsstands, restrooms, a mezzanine, and stairway-all of which are closed. Another sign of the station’s abandonment is the complete lack of benches on the platforms.

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8 thoughts on “10 of NYC’s Abandoned and Incomplete Subway Platforms and Levels

  1. Correction. The Canal st platform was closed off to the public view in 2004 not 2001

  2. Whaaa? You guys totally missed the 91st street 1 train station! I’ve heard rumors that there was an MTA office near there, but what’s clear is that train stations used to be only 4 or 5 cars long (like that old Staten Island loop or the 42nd street shuttle). Since 96th street is where the 2/3 dips down under Central Park, they had to extend the station downtown to 93rd, making 91st seem a bit silly.

  3. Do you have any photos of the old 14th St subway food venders area in the mez from the 1960’s ? one could get some snacks and drinks there and the smell of that food was overwhelming, thanks.

  4. There’s a 39 street incompleteed lower level just saw that yesterday on the Brooklyn D line sh it is thight tho would like to see you guys do a post about that a would love the see some pictures from there

  5. “It’s unclear why the the lower level of the A/C/E track was constructed, as it never operated as part of the IND or IRT systems but it was used between 1959 and 1981 as the origin for the special Aqueduct Racetrack train.” Rumor has it the city built it on purpose, ironically to prevent the IRT from extending what today we call the 7 line!

    1. Actually, it did operate for a while in regular revenue service. I don’t remember the dates, but the southbound morning rush hour E trains used it for a short period when they were still running express on 8th Avenue during rush hours.

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