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  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:48 am on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brooklyn Bridge station, City Hall, , , , , , Old City Hall Station, ,   

    Old City Hall Station in NYC 

    If you board a number 6 train at Brooklyn Bridge station on the downtown platform, look out the window, shielding your eyes from the fluorescent glare as the train, screeching like a banshee, returns to the uptown platform, you can catch a glimpse of the fabled Old City Hall station.

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    For years conductors used to sweep the train cars ejecting people trying to take a look, but these days you are allowed to ride the City Hall loop, and if you buy a Transit Museum membership and be lucky enough to score a ticket, you can tour the station in person.

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    You can gawk at the vaulted ceilings,

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    see the remnants of tar from WWII blackout on the skylights.

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    Take in the atmosphere. It’s eery.

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    The brass chandeliers no longer have beautiful carbon filament lamps (which can be purchased for about $20 a pop), but are almost as dim.

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    The passing trains produce a deafening noise navigating the roundest piece of track in NYC.

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    There are more skylights and more tar (they used to be completely covered in it because of wartime considerations.

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    The lobby does not have the original ticket booth, but there are no turnstiles ether. Your metrocard is no good here.

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    Things are a little shabby, but the abandoned station is pretty well preserved and restored. It’s truly a pity they don’t use carbon filament bulbs.

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    The combination of modern trains and the ancient station is unsettling.

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    It’s freaking magical.

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    Yep, the protagonist of the novel “From Time To Time” could use for time travel.
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    And then they bring out a special wooden bridge, and it’s back to modern times.

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  • Michael Krakovskiy 2:26 am on September 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: City Hall, , ,   

    Nice Plates 

    Crown Vic with plates like that can probably park just about anywhere in New York with no fear of getting a ticket. Except maybe in front of the City Hall.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:25 pm on October 28, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BMT Astoria Line, Catch me if you can, City Hall, City Hall station, , , , , , McClellan, middle car, , steel dust, Subway Centennial   

    Happy Birthday Dear IRT! 

    Empire State Building is lighted Red/Gold/Red today. Handy ESB lighting schedule tells me that this is in honor of Subway Centennial. A better color would have been a rusty gray-brown, the color of steel dust that covers the tracks and most other subway surfaces, but I guess they don’t have lights like that, do they?

    To celebrate Interborough Transit Corportation’s 100’s birthday I decided to try and sneak a peek at the fabled City Hall station, the one where Mayor Bloomberg and a bunch of bigwigs recreated Mayor McClellan’s ride 100 years ago. It’s nice to be NYC’s Mayor – you can fly NYPD helicopters and drive antique trains.

    Unfortunately the restored City Hall station was not open for regular shmoes, but I tried the old trick – taking 6 train through the last stop. Number 6 loops through the old City Hall station without stopping. I asked the conductor to let me stay, but since it was around 8PM she said – “not at this time of night” and kicked me out. I went for a walk around City Hall and took this picture of the pretty entrance to the current City Hall station.

    When I took the train back I saw the most upsetting sight – there was an intoxicated bum sleeping in a middle car with the conductor not paying any attention to him. He was holding an empty popcorn bag an there was small sea of popcorn and other rat attracting garbage around him. Apparently he went through the loop unharassed, although the old City Hall station was of no interest to him. I guess next time it would probably be a good idea to try asking a few conductors – maybe some are not as strict.

    This is like living in Manhattan – Donald Trump in his tower, a bum in a box on church steps, a low income person in a housing project. Middle class not allowed.

    On the bright side, tomorrow the special museum train will be making regular stops on the B/Q line between 10AM and 3PM. They call it “Catch me if you can“.

     
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