The Underground Secrets Of New York City’s Subway System

Snaking just below “the city that never sleeps” is one of the world’s oldest and busiest subway systems. With more than 115 years of history behind it, the New York City Subway system is filled with some pretty amazing secrets and facts. Whisking about 5.6 million passengers through the city’s five boroughs every weekday, the iconic transportation system has plenty of gems (some hidden, some not) to explore. So stand clear of those closing doors and read on to learn about some of the subway’s secrets.

Lots Of “Ghost Stations”

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3am.nightly / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

Deep in the ground under New York City are many “secret” subway stations and tunnels that have been abandoned for a variety of reasons over the years. Some of them were eventually reopened, some have been repurposed, and some just sit unused like they’re part of a ghost subway system.

In fact, the very first NYC subway station to open to the public in 1904 is no longer in use. Fortunately, The New York Transit Museum offers guided tours of the amazing space.