The old South Ferry Subway Station revisited

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The entrance to the new South Ferry Station is closed

New York City has many beautiful Subway Stations. Some people call them outdated, filthy, messy, dangerous, creepy, etc. I like many of them, especially the older ones. They often display the beautiful old mosaic walls. Some older stations clearly show the old platform length and their extension of times before and after the trains got longer.

The most beautiful of them all, City Hall, has (unfortunately) been closed since 1945, and can only been seen if one remains seated in the 6 train at the Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall station. City Hall Station is a loop station, the loop is currently used by the 6 train to turn around and head back uptown. The station was decorated with the famous Guastavino Tiles (see also here).

The moasaic in the old South Ferry Station

The "old" South Ferry Subway Station, is in that way similar. It is also constructed along a turning loop, this one in use by the 1 train (and an inner loop used by the 5 train). South Ferry Station does not have the grandeur of the Guastavino Tiles, yet it is still nicely decorated with mosaic. Unfortunately the MTA closed this station too, after 104 years of service. In 2009, when they, at the same time, opened a brand new South Ferry station, see here. The new station is nice but totally lacks the character of the majestic old one. 

I thought I would never see the beautiful old station anymore. But, I was wrong! It is probably one of the few GOOD things that were caused by Super Storm Sandy.

Old South Ferry Station
The storm (still sadly) flooded the whole new station, from floor to ceiling. It took the MTA days to just pump out the water. The mess they found was huge. So huge that it could take a long time before the new station can be opened again.

And, guess what, the old station was not hit. It was there, buried in the darkness, waiting to be called back to service. Which happened on the 4th of April, more than a quarter of a year after Sandy drowned the new South Ferry Station.

Today I once again experienced the pleasure of walking on the bent platform, seeing the 1 train of which only the first six trains fit in the old South Ferry Station. I would almost secretly hope the old City Hall Station could be revived one day too.

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te g

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The entrance to the new South Ferr…
The entrance to the new South Fer…
The moasaic in the old South Ferry…
The moasaic in the old South Ferr…
Old South Ferry Station
Old South Ferry Station
Old South Ferry Station
Old South Ferry Station
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The mezzanine level of the new So…
South Ferry Station after Sandy (p…
South Ferry Station after Sandy (…
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