The History of Abandoned NYC Subway Stations!! (Insert nerd squeal of delight here)

When new subway lines are built, it is often a struggle to get them to fit into the existing network of lines and stops – in particular in the New York City Subway, which currently has 468 stations.  So, sometimes, a station gets abandoned.

This cool website has a list of all the former NYC stations that are now abandoned, with a brief history of each one (including some before and after photos): Abandoned Stations by Joseph Brennan.  Here’s a few examples from the site:

Court Street Station, closed in 1946

In Brooklyn Heights, this abandoned station is now the Transit Museum which displays artefacts related to the history of the New York City Subway.

The New York Transit Museum, housed in the former Court Street station

The New York Transit Museum, housed in the former Court Street station

City Hall Station, closed in 1945

The first NYC subway station to open in 1904 was City Hall Station and it was elaborately decorated with high-vaulted, tiled ceilings and skylights. It was closed in 1945.  It was supposed to be part of the Transit Museum, but the project fell through.  It’s apparently still used by the subway cars as a turnaround at the end of the 6 line, so that at Brooklyn Bridge stop if you are not asked to exit the train, you can ride the car while it turns around in the old station.

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The closed City Hall Station in NYC
(Photo credit: Fred Guenther)

Sources: [Abandoned Stations], [Donline], [Wikipedia], [Transit Museum], [Transit Museum Flickr Page]

Edit: A previous version of this post contained inaccurate information about 76th Street Station which has since been removed.

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5 Responses to The History of Abandoned NYC Subway Stations!! (Insert nerd squeal of delight here)

  1. mvlindsey says:

    You haven’t lived until you’ve explored them 😀 .

  2. ADalton says:

    The 76 street one is actually a joke (look at the date it was posted!). There is some evidence that a station there was planned, but no proof that it was ever built. Check out some of the threads about it on nyc transit forums and sub chat.

    • Thanks for the correction – I look forward to reading more about it!

    • I went back and took a look at my original sources and the mistake was mine. Made the necessary changes to remove the inaccuracies above. Thanks again – one of my goals in this blog is to get through all the unverified historical ‘facts’ on the web and see what’s real or not. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and correct me.

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