City Hall Station in New York is a former terminal subway station located under City Hall Park in Civic Center, Manhattan [9].

City Hall Subway Station - 1904

The station was part of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line and was opened on October 27, 1904, as the first subway station in New York City [2].

New York Subway, City Hall Station

It was designed by architects Heins & LaFarge and Valencian architect Rafael Guastavino, and was considered to be one of the grandest subway stations in the world, with innovative vaulted tile ceilings and elegant chandeliers [5].

New York Subway, City Hall Station

City Hall Station was a testament to New York’s arrival as a world-class city, on par with London, Paris, or other major cities of the time [4].

City Hall Station, 10.18.15

The station’s ornate design inspired awe among visitors, with its arches, vaulted ceilings, Guastavino tiling, skylights, and brass chandeliers, making it a showpiece of the new subway system [10].

The first subway ride in New York City left from the City Hall Station amid great civic pride in 1904 [5].


The station was closed to the public in 1945 and is now abandoned, but remnants of its former glory can still be seen in City Hall Park [7].

Southbound No. 6 trains still pass through the old station, using it as a turnaround loop [3]. The City Hall Station is considered to be a hidden gem of the New York subway system and is coveted by urban explorers [6].

New York Subway, City Hall Station

City Hall StationĀ it is not regularly open to the public due to safety and security concerns, but public tours are offered by the New York Transit Museum about 16 times a year [10]. If you take the downtown 6 train after leaving the Brooklyn Bridge Station, it’s best to be in the 7th, 8th, or 9th car, as the train operates very slowly [3.3].