4. The New Yorker Tunnel

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Former entrance under the New Yorker Hotel that provided direct access to Penn Station

Just like the Woolworth and the Knickerbocker Hotel, the luxurious New Yorker Hotel also had its own entrance to the subway. The now hidden tunnel once connected Penn Station to an elevator that would take guests up into the hotel. A porter would greet you to take your bags and escort you through the brass doors to the trains. Anticipating the opening of the Eighth Avenue Subway (the A/C/E lines today), the hotel was well situated for guests who needed to use public transit.

The private tunnel was featured in many of the hotel’s advertisements through the 1950s. It was closed in the 1960s and the entrance was sealed with cinderblock. The tunnel is still accessible from inside the hotel and is used for storage. Inside, Art Deco tiling lines the walls.