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New York City Subway Old City Hall Station

The New York City Subway system officially opened on October 27, 1904 at the (Old) City Hall Station. It was the final stop on the downtown Lexington Avenue IRT local #6 train. It is situated under City Hall Park. It’s ornate design befitted the occasion. Eleven chandeliers lit the station (one of the chandeliers subsequently disappeared). Stained glass skylights also help light the platform. The success of the subway ultimately led to the stations demise. Car sizes and train sizes were increased to handle the additional passenger loads. The station platform is very curved to allow the departing trains to continue around in a loop so they can then head back uptown. This platform had the tightest radius of any station in the subway system (The loop at South Ferry is the second tightest). The station could not handle the longer cars as the gap between the platform and the train would have been very large. The platform was also not long enough to handle additional cars. The Brooklyn Bridge Station was just north of this station, so on December 31, 1945 it was officially closed. The entrances to the station were sealed shut although the station lighting remained turned on. The station can be seen today when taking the Lexington Avenue Express train from Brooklyn (the #4 and #5 trains). During the New York City Subway Centennial celebrations in 2004, the station was cleaned up and one of the exits was reopened as an emergency exit. After the centennial the exit was closed with an alarmed emergency exit. The New York City Transit Museum, once or twice a year, runs a special excursion train called “The Jewel In The Crown: Old City Hall Station”. These trips are only available to museum members. The special train stops at the Old City Hall Station where members can discover one of the true hidden secrets of New York. If you look carefully in City Hall Park you can find the skylight that is situated over the original entrance and ticket booth to the station where the opening

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Taken on November 18, 2007