FAQ: Disused and Abandoned Stations
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Many stations of the New York City subway system have fallen into disuse or have been abandoned, no longer used by the Transit Authority for their original purpose: serving passengers. Some stations are fully abandoned, rotting away and seen only from passing trains. Others are in use as storage facilities. Some have extra platforms that were closed long ago. And some, like City Hall, are architectural marvels that give a glimpse into the city's past.
City Hall IRT Station
Brooklyn Bridge IRT Station Local and Express Platforms
18th Street IRT East Side Station
91st Street IRT West Side Station
City Hall BMT Station Lower Platform
Chambers Street BMT
42nd Street IND Station Lower Platform
Ninth Avenue, Brooklyn BMT Lower Level
South Ferry IRT Inner Loop
Myrtle Avenue BMT
9th Ave. El Remains in the Bronx
Roosevelt Avenue IND Terminal Station
Some other abandoned station areas include: Station Beach Pneumatic Transit 14th Street (side platforms) Worth Street Canal Street BMT (Manhattan bridge line) Nevins Street IRT (lower level) Myrtle Avenue (Manhattan bridge approach) 1915 Court Street Bergen Street lower level Hudson Terminal (PATH) 19th Street (PATH) 28th Street (PATH) 1936 1968 1909 1909 1910 1956 1946 1976 1971 1954 1937 Now houses the Transit Museum Built 1933 Opened Closed 1870 1904 1904 1917 1873 1910 1962 Closed when south side of Manhattan Bridge is closed for repair Never used (built 1908) Honorary Mention Notes
Get More Info...q
http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/by Joe Brennan. Receiving a total overhaul in August, 2001, this must-visit site is the definitive guide to abandoned subway stations in NYC. Now incorporates the former separate elevated and Bronx railway station pages.q
THE NEW YORK SUBWAY: ITS CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT
http://www.nycsubway.org/irt/irtbook/The 1904 book by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company which commemorated the opening of New York's first subway.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE STATIONS OF NEW YORK'S FIRST SUBWAY LINE
http://wt.mit.edu/Subway/Archives/Project.htmlA tour of the stations that opened on October 27, 1904, in period and recent photographs. By Saul Blumenthal. [Offsite Link]q
DISUSED AND ABANDONED STATIONS IN BOSTON, MASS.
http://members.aol.com/eddanamta/abandoned/abanstas.htmlA look at abandoned subway stations in Boston, by Jonathan Belcher. [Offsite Link]q
CLOSED STATIONS OF THE PARIS METRO
http://w3.teaser.fr/~aquintanar/ratp-img-en.htmlA photo tour and history of closed stations on the Paris Metro. [Offsite Link]q
METRO de PARIS
A site similar to www.nycsubway.org for the Paris Metro. Histories of the lines, rolling stock photographs, historical photographs, closed and abandoned stations, and more. (French and partial English translation available.) [Offsite link.]q
LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD ABANDONED RIGHTS OF WAY
http://www.lirrhistory.com/abandon.htmlPhotos and info about the Rockaway Branch, Montauk-Long Island City closed stations, Bay Ridge Branch, etc. [Offsite Link]q
TORONTO'S SUBWAY SECRETS
http://www.interlog.com/~cygnals/zine/issue8/subway.htmA visit to Toronto's Lower Bay station, now closed and used mostly for movie shoots. [Offsite Link]
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APRIL 1, 2003. New page about the Roosevelt Island Tramway, by new contributor Matt Richman, added to the Around New York section. Also, several pages of new photos of Remains of the NYW&B submitted by Howard Finkel. MARCH 9, 2003. Changed the caption format on the photo pages; the Newest Images page now shows photo thumbnails instead of a simple list. DECEMBER 5, 2002. The out of date and wildly inaccurate Redbird scrap notes have been removed until such time that they can be updated. SEPTEMBER 28, 2002. New version of the Route Map representing subway service as of 9/15/2002; reopening of the South Ferry branch. Sorry for the delay, Michael Calcagno actually sent this to me in advance but I forgot to post it before vacation. AUGUST 9, 2002. Revamped the subway yards pages, now part of the Subway Cars section. ALL of the yard photos on the site are now available in the yard pages. MARCH 5, 2002. New pages of NYW&B Remains added to the collection of New York, Westchester, & Boston Railroad items, thanks to Howard Finkel. FEBRUARY 28, 2002. New Bus FAQ & Glossary page, a work in progress, starting with Michael Ditkoff's BusTalk Glossary. FEBRUARY 22, 2002. Search engine dialog box on front page converted to use Google instead of local search engine. Site FAQ and Contributors pages updated. (Please note: The contributors list hadn't been updated in ages and I am still getting around to adding many contributors to the list! Don't feel slighted if your name does not yet appear.) FEBRUARY 12, 2002. New version of the Route Map representing subway service as of
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DECEMBER 24, 2001. New version of the Route Map representing subway service as of 12/16/2001, including the new "V" train. DECEMBER 18, 2001. Posted the winners of the 2001 (first annual) nycsubway.org Photo Contest. DECEMBER 4, 2001. New photos of the R-143 Train on the "L" line contributed by Trevor Logan. NOVEMBER 21, 2001. Announcing the first annual nycsubway.org Photo Contest. NOVEMBER 20, 2001. New version of the Route Map representing subway service as of 11/5/2001. NOVEMBER 5, 2001. New version of the Route Map representing subway service as of 10/28/2001 uploaded. SEPTEMBER 28, 2001. Our kind friends at the MTA New York City Transit public affairs office have sent us some photos of the damage to the IRT Cortlandt Street/World Trade Center station. SEPTEMBER 25, 2001. More Route Map updates; the old versions of the route maps added to the Historical Maps page. SEPTEMBER 17, 2001. Michael Calcagno sends along an updated Route Map reflecting the service diversions related to the World Trade Center disaster. AUGUST 25, 2001. New pages/photos of: Redbird Reef, thanks to Bill Johnston. JULY 25, 2001. Michael Calcagno sends along an updated Route Map reflecting the July 22, 2001 Manhattan Bridge changeover. JULY 14, 2001. Some Track Map Updates from Peter Dougherty, including the 63rd Street Connection and Manhattan Bridge route changes. JULY 9, 2001. Also new today, Bus Fest 2001 photos by Sid Keyles, and some new Redbird Scrap Line Photos, the first two thanks to Daniel Boyar. JUNE 30, 2001. Server upgrades!! SubTalk post 232,767 has all the details. JUNE 15, 2001: Uploaded Peggy Darlington's line by line guides to the New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor and Morris & Essex lines. JUNE 12, 2001: A bunch of minor bug fixes and a new page in the guide to Subway Signals: Holdout signals and bidirectional traffic, courtesy Bernard S. Greenberg.
APRIL 28 2001: Contributor Daniel Boyar sends some photos of the Newark City Subway's New Shop Facility, including photos of the new Kinki-Sharyo LRV cars. MARCH 5,