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Tunnel Vision #5: Abandoned City Hall Subway Stop, New York, USA

The former City Hall station, decommissioned in 1945, includes wrought iron skylights, tile-arched ceiling, stained glass and brass chandeliers. It was also home to the first subway station in New York City in 1904. It is now a New York Transit Museum.

 

Memories of grandeur from the turn of the 20th century
Memories of past grandeur from the turn of the 20th century

 

“The City Hall station was the heart of the city, the seat of the station, the dock, in 1904,” said Bloodworth. She noted that there was a conscious decision made to include high-quality amenities to attract people to use the subway, and that art was included from the beginning “with an eye to its beauty, as well as to its efficiency” in the transit system.

 

The City Hall station was the heart of the city, the seat of the station, the dock, in 1904. It was by far the most beautiful station in the subway.

 

A 1946 Map of the underground network from NYC Subway

 

“City Hall station is by far the most beautiful station in the subway,” said Diamond. “It’s elegant, arched terra-cotta tile harkens back to the turn of the 20th-century, when the city was willing to build in a way that was big and impressive.”  Info from amNewYork |Pic: Scout Tufankjian. Featured and last Pic: John Paul Palescandolo 

Here’s a good look at the station again.
Here’s a good look at the station again.

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