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Inside NYC's Gorgeous, Hidden City Hall Subway Station

On December 31, 1945, subway cars discharged the final passengers at the old City Hall station, which had opened only 41 years prior as the "jewel in the crown" of New York City's transit system. Although the station had welcomed around 150,000 riders the day it debuted in 1904, by the time it closed, it was one of the system's least-used stops—nearby Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall had far surpassed it in ridership. But the shuttering of the stop meant that the gorgeous station—with its domed ceilings covered in Guastavino tile, ornate chandeliers, and beautiful glass skylights—was effectively hidden from public view. Even though it abandoned plans to open an annex there, the New York Transit Museum holds semi-regular tours of the station—and Curbed was lucky enough to get on a recent one to see what the station looks like 70 years after it closed.

Take a peek around the hidden station >>