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11 modern-day ruins worth a visit

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
New York City Hall subway station

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City Hall Subway Station, New York City

This subway station was the original terminus for New York City's first subway line. It never saw much ridership, serving only about 600 people per day during its peak. It was designed to be a showcase station of the then-new underground train network. The plaques and intricate design elements bring to mind the architectural grandeur of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Abandoned since 1945, the City Hall Station is the site of infrequent tours led by guides from New York's Transit Museum. However, people who stay on the Lexington Avenue line after it passes through downtown Manhattan can see the station outside the windows as the train makes the loop that turns it back in the uptown direction.