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New York City Hall Subway Station

The don’t make them like this anymore.  The abandoned New York City Hall subway station featured skylights and wrought-iron chandeliers.  Originally opening the night of October 27, 1904, and what a party night it turned into:

“The night took on a carnival atmosphere, like New Year’s Eve. Many couples celebrated in style by putting on their best clothes, going out to dinner, and then taking their first subway ride together. Some people spent the entire evening on the trains, going back and forth from 145th Street to City Hall for hours. Reveling in the sheer novelty of the underground, these riders wanted to soak up its unfamiliar sights and sensations for as long as possible. In a few instances high-spirited boys and girls took over part of a car and began singing songs, flirting, and fooling around. The sheer exuberance of opening night proved to be too much for others; although they bought their green IRT tickets and entered the stations like everyone else, these timid passengers were so overwhelmed by their new surroundings that they did not even attempt to board a train. All they could do was stand on the platform and gawk.” -(Clifton Hood, 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York, 1993)

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