Abandoned Subway Stations: Five Cities with the Best Ghost Stations
Often referred to as ghost stations, some travelers obsess over tracking down abandoned subway stations. Subway networks around the world have stations there were cut off from service or never used at all, it's just a matter of finding them. Here are five cities with plenty of options for the abandoned metro-station hunter.
1. New York City, New York
City Hall Station has become the most well-known abandoned New York City subway station But there are several others, including Worth Street and Williamsburg's South Fourth Street, notable for its graffiti. In fact that station was never even used; construction halted because of the Great Depression and World War II. But in 2010 the Underbelly Project illegally took over the space (or so it claims) to showcase the work of more than 100 street artists. The New York Transit Museum offers official tours, and the city's abandoned stations are well known for being explored by urban adventurers.
2. Paris, France
The Paris Metro is full of hidden gems. While most of them have been closed off since World War II, the Saint-Martin station has been used for a homeless shelter and to host an art show and other events. The City of Light's abandoned stations have recently made the news as mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, wants to put them to use, proposing a plan to turn them into swimming pools, nightclubs and underground gardens.
3. Cincinnati, Ohio
While other cities have abandoned subway station, Cincinnati trumps them all with its entire abandoned (or should we say, never used) subway network. Construction stopped in the late 1920s on account of the Great Depression, with only half of the planned network being built. Because of it, no passenger has ever ridden on the system, but the Cincinnati Museum Center organizes subway tours on occasion.
4. London, United Kingdom
There are about 40 abandoned platforms and stations within the London Underground network (you know it as the Tube), the world's second largest subway system, after Shanghai. In fact, there's an entire website devoted to listing them all. Aldwych is famous for its film appearances, and a new project has entrepreneurs launching an underground farm in the network's abandoned tunnels up north, a way to bring locally grown greens and herbs to restaurants and markets. And it's not just abandoned stations that are guardians of history: during a renovation at Notting Hill Gate, an actual functioning station, vintage posters were found covering the walls.
5. Toronto, Canada
Toronto's subway system is known for several abandoned stations, including Lower Bay and Lower Queen, which was actually designed as an underground streetcar station. Serving passengers for six months before it closed in the 1960s, Lower Bay is the station that's most well known amongst Torontonians, and has even served as the backdrop for several movies.