9. It Used to Have Cool Vintage Entrances

Vintage Subway Entrance on Broadway in front of Times Building
Vintage subway entrance in Times Square. Photo from Library of Congress

When the subway system first opened in 1904, many stations along the IRT line had these cast iron and glass subway entrances. This entrance sat in front of the Times Building (now 1 Times Square) and had a newsstand in front. Other similar entrances were located around Times Square.

No original ones exist anymore but a replica can be found at Astor Place, added in the 1986 restoration of the station.