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.