Paranormal explorer James Edward Garcia during his exploration at the abandoned City Hall Subway Station under City Hall in downtown New York City.
The subway station was built in 1904 and represents some of the most magnificent architecture and tiling I have ever witnessed in a New York City subway station. It is in the same state it was left when it was closed down in 1945. Decay has set in as expected but without any destruction or vandalism by people. A rarity in abandoned structures in the United States. But this is due to the security in place to keep it preserved and protected.
Many have taken the 6 train just to witness this structure at a moment’s glance as it passes through the City Hall Loop. Sometimes the lights are off and it is too dark to see but many are willing too ride it out and take the chance for a possible glimpse at its magnificence.
You will see train occupants and even one train operator jump in surprise as they get a glimpse of me standing in the abandoned station filming the train they are on as it passes through.
I went on two tours that early cold March day. One of which was with a small crew of mostly MTA staff on hand. They were gracious enough to let me do my thing, allowing me to experience, explore, and my wish to hopefully capture something supernatural.
The claims of shadows and apparitions, strange sounds and voices have been experienced by some who have had the privilege to visit the abandoned City Hall Subway Station.
It was said that during the construction of the station 1900 through 1904 workers would hear strange noises and chanting.
I was able to capture several EVPs which I will present. I wish I could have spent the night in the abandoned station alone. I certainly felt its haunted past, transported back to a different era, and an invisible presence around me the whole time I was there.
Keep in mind it was in the teens outside and windy. In the underground subway station, it was a welcome 15 degrees warmer and without the wind.
City Hall, also known as City Hall Loop opened on October 27, 1904, this station, located underneath the public area in front of City Hall, was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. The platform and mezzanine feature Guastavino tile, skylights, colored glass tile work and brass chandeliers.
The station was built on a curve and could only accommodate five-car trains, which proved to be inefficient as subway ridership grew. Passenger service was discontinued on December 31, 1945, although the station is still used as a turning loop for 6 trains.
The official start of construction took place on March 24, 1900, at the front steps of City Hall. After construction was complete, this station was the chosen place for hanging commemorative plaques recognizing the achievement of building the entire New York City Subway system. A mezzanine area above the platform once had an ornamented oak ticket booth which no longer exists.
More than 15,000 people were issued passes for the first series of rides from the platform. At street level, in the pavement in front of City Hall, a plaque can still be seen commemorating groundbreaking for the subway in 1900.
As mentioned before, the station can also be seen by passengers who choose to keep riding the 6 train as they travel around the loop to head back uptown. If you stay on after the last stop at Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall you will hear the announcement: "This is the last stop on this train.”
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Location: Brooklyn, New York City
Date: March, 2017
A My Haunted Diary Production
A Film by James Edward Garcia
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Some music by James Edward Garcia.
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