Echo Vault-Manhattan-Abandoned-Unused Subway Station-NYCEcho Vault. Photo via Gothamist

We know you guys love to read about New York City’s abandoned subway stations, reveling most recently in a Fun Map of these subterranean fascinations. But what about subway stations that were built but never used? An article today about from Second Avenue Sagas about the 7 line extension station at Hudson Yards, awaiting passengers as the rest of the mega development is completed, reminded us of these. Here are 5 never completed or barely used subway stations in New York City:

5. The 63rd Street Tunnel

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The tunnel here, previously unused, will soon come to life with the opening of the Second Avenue Subway. Long separated from public view by a wall, we had the opportunity to traverse that wall in 2012 to get a glimpse into the construction of the Second Avenue Subway line. At the time, that tunnel was being retrofitted for a connection to the Q line. Previously, the tracks were used to store out-of-service trains.

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6 Responses
  1. Brian Irons Reply

    First off, if anyone bothered to do any research instead of being a naysayer or a skeptic, R7A cars were run from 1938 – 1977, which obviously 1948 falls between and which is the exact model in the picture, on the IND line and did not feature a blue stripe rather a black stripe (the stripe is not blue in the pic because its black and white there’s no colors). Some trains (like the Brighton beach line) were painted green. But the IND 8th avenue always saw red trains or R7As with either yellow or black stripes. The numbers on the column are not hand lettered. The abandoned Bergen street station has similar lettering. Here’s a pic of the train [] courtesy of Wikipedia and AEMoreira042281 and a picture of 59 st with the same lettering and Euclid station which also opened in 1948 with fluorescent lighting [] courtesy of, Joe Testagrose and Frank Pfuhler. There are pictures of the switchboard at Euclid showing 76 st as a station beyond pitkin yard and pictures that are clear as day from the ltv squad showing signals facing the direction of a train going beyond the wall. It’s possible is there after people also took pics of the actual wall up close with graffiti artist’s “Phonoh” work on it where if you look out over the water by JFK there is an abandoned silo of some sort. Please do the research before dismissing things as fake

  2. I would be suspicious of the picture for a couple of reasons. First, in 1948, were the platforms lighted with florescent lights? Second, the font on “76” on the vertical beam doesn’t look right. Third, as otherwise noted, the trainset was painted in a scheme that didn’t appear until much later. As I remember, in the late 1950’s, as a child, I would see these cars in a dark green. Fourth, as previously noted, the destination sign appears to be hand lettered. Definitely something I can honestly say I have never seen in the New York Subway System.

  3. How many millions of dollars did the jerks at the m.t.a waste . We will never know.

  4. There’s no mystery about 76th St. Brennan’s page was part of an April Fool’s Joke capitalizing on Internet mythology about provisioning for a future extension of the Fulton St. Line. It’s not there and never was.

  5. The picture of the “lost” 76th Street IND station is obviously doctored, as evidenced by the hand-lettered destination sign. Also, the picture could not have been taken in 1948 since the trains are painted grey with blue stripe, a color scheme that the MTA didn’t start using until 1970-71.

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