5. The Abandoned Gimbels Passageway

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The abandoned Gimbels passageway now in disrepair.

Gimbels passageway or the Hilton passageway is a now-closed connection between the Herald Square and Penn Station subway stops. Commuters coming in by train from Penn Station used the passageway to connect to the Broadway N, R, Q, W and 6th Avenue B, D, F & M subway lines along with the PATH Train.

The tunnel was named after the Gimbels department store, which sat right above the tunnel. In its heyday, Gimbels rivaled Macy’s, and shoppers could access the store directly from the tunnel. But as the city fell into financial troubles and crime rose, the passageway was not maintained and became a hotbed for illicit activity. The tunnel was closed in 1986 and has been closed up since, despite a push to reopen it in 2010.