While many who hop on the NYC subway system for their daily commute may find little to say about the mundane ride, Time Out New York featured an interesting article (and slideshow) about five of New York City’s most interesting subway stations and their histories.
1. Bushwick Ave-Aberdeen Street (Bushwick Ave between Aberdeen St. and DeSales Pl, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
This Bushwick L stop is located within a car dealership! The station opened in 1928, long before the car dealership. Its entryway is a small unremarkable building but inside you’ll find colorful tiles on the Manhattan & Brooklyn bound platform.
2. Ninth Ave (39th St. and Ninth Ave, Borough Park, Brooklyn)
Designed by Squire Vickers during his 36-year run as the chief architect of the subways, this bi-level Borough Park stop on the D line is considered one of the best examples of his work. It was designed in the Arts & Crafts style with an above ground control house and colorful ceramic tiles. Trains used to travel on both tracks but the lower level track was discontinued in 1975. You may even recognize this station from Crocodile Dundee, the sequence that was supposed to take place at the Columbus Circle Station was actually filmed here.
3. 190th Street (W 190th St. at Fort Washington Avenue)
This subway station was opened in 1932 on the A line. It is exceptionally picturesque resting high atop a tree-covered hill outside of Fort Tryon Park. Since it is located in one of the highest points in Manhattan, this is one of the deepest stations in the transit system. Its located 140 feet underground!
4. Smith- 9th Sts. (Smith St. at 9th St., Gowanus, Brooklyn)
This subway platform reaches a whopping 87.5 feet tall and opened in 1933 to service the F and G lines. It is the highest subway station in the world located on the Culver Viaduct, a mile long overpass connecting Carroll Gardens to Park Slope. While the station has been closed for renovations for the past year, it is set to reopen in the fall. From this platform one can see some of NYC’s most impressive landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower, and One World Trade Center.
5. 72nd St. (72nd St. between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway)
The 72nds Street station is one of three to feature an above-ground control house designed by Heins & LaFarge, the firm that was responsible for the architecture of the earliest subway stations. Opened in 1904, it is located on the south side of 72nd Street. In 2003, a similar style station was opened on the north side in order to help alleviate overcrowding in the busy one line station.
Next time you find yourself trolling up and down the tracks with a few minutes to spare, stop off at some of these locations for a unique view of these old fashioned subway stations.
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