New York City’s Lost Subway Station

Right in the heart of New York’s subway station lies an untouched and forgotten subway station, complete with the station that inspired Grand Central Station. Incredibly ornate Tiffany windows, tall tiled arches, skylights, and brass fixtures, all built in 1904 to be a grand success.

However, it was anything but that. The cars weren’t big enough for all the people they needed to transport, the tracks and unsafe cars made travel dangerous, and too many people got hurt in the cramped quarters to allow the station to continue to run. In 1945, the station was boarded up and forgotten as a failure.

Today, plans have come and gone to reopen the station as a museum to show off the wonderful artistic work that went into making the place beautiful, but the only activity that happens under there now are street artists practicing graffiti on the walls.
To see more photos of this lost station, click here.


(via Travelettes)

4 thoughts on “New York City’s Lost Subway Station

  1. That’s pretty incredible. Tiffany windows in a subway! Love your new banner picture too. 🙂

  2. The design of Chicago’s subway stations is closely related to two European examples. Both the Cockfosters extension of the Piccadilly line in London (1933), and the Sokolnicheskaya line of the Moscow Metro (1935) would bear influence on the design in Chicago. The use of granite and marble can be seen at a much more extravagant level on the early Moscow lines (above), while the type design, clean lines, and use of tile are clear derivations from the London Underground stations of the era.

  3. The New York City subway is one of the busiest metro systems in the world, trailing only Tokyo, Moscow and Seoul. Some of the active stations below or above the abandoned ones depicted here are some of the busiest on the system. Somewhat creepy to think that the subway’s secrets are so close to many, yet so far.

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