You may recognize the City Hall Station above, but probably not from riding the Subway. The IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) City Hall Station was the very first Subway station in NYC. It opened to great fanfare as it allowed people to get from Lower Manhattan all the way uptown in minutes for the first time.
Over time, the next station on the line — the Brooklyn Bridge station, only 600ft away — became more popular due to its several transfer opportunities and longer boarding areas. Eventually the ridership at this station dropped to a mere couple hundred a day, and thus it was closed down and abandoned until 2004 when the New York Transit Museum began offering tours to its members.
In this video from railfan Dj Hammers, get a peek inside New York City’s one-time flagship subway station.
All footage taken on a great Transit Museum tour that was very interesting. The station is very cool. I HIGHLY recommend going on one of these tours that the NY Transit Museum offers of this station!