6. One Exit in City Hall Subway Station Led to the Woolworth Building
When you get to the mezzanine level inside the City Hall subway station, there is one arched exit that’s now closed off. This once opened into a tunnel that would take transit goers to the basement of the Woolworth Building, one of the amenities offered to prospective office renters. The bike room of the Woolworth Building today is where these subway access tunnels began and you can still see their (closed) doors.
According to Woolworth Building tour guide Jason Crowley, the above red doors once led to a “passageway under Broadway to the BMT and IRT subways. The BMT is now the City Hall R stop and the IRT is the now closed off City Hall stop where the 6 turns around. That passageway was completely filled in under Broadway and no longer exists.”
A former subway entrance inside the Woolworth Building
Join us for our next tour of the Woolworth Building to see not only this lower level, but the vault, main lobby and mezzanine: