Checking out the old South Ferry station before it closes forever

Last Saturday, 18 March 2017, I went to check out the old South Ferry subway station, the southernmost station in Manhattan. Once repairs on the new South Ferry station are completed in the coming months, the original 1905 station, with its beautiful vintage tile work, may close to the public forever, and I wanted to see it in person one more time before that happens.

I just posted some of my photos, and a couple of videos, to my personal blog. Enjoy!

Dustin Tyler Joyce

Mosaic station identification sign, South Ferry subway station, Manhattan (Heins & LaFarge, 1905)

First, the backstory.

On 16 March 2009, a new South Ferry subway station, the southernmost subway station in Manhattan, opened. The old South Ferry station, which originally opened over a century earlier in 1905, had served millions of commuters well, but it had always had its limitations. When the New York City Subway was originally built, local trains had only five cars, and so stations where only local trains stopped were built just long enough for five cars. This later proved insufficient, so local trains were extended, as were local stations — where possible. That’s the reason the beautiful original City Hall subway station was shuttered at the end of 1945, and it’s why the architecture and signage of some older subway stations abruptly changes partway along the platform.

City Hall subway station The City Hall subway station, which was closed at the end of 1945. (Photo by Paul Lowry via Wikimedia Commons

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