designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway

archtober is a month-long celebration of architecture and design, taking place in new york throughout october. as an official media partner, design boom participate in some of the exciting activities, programs and exhibits. as part of archaeologist, untapped citiesan online resource dedicated to sharing a unique side of New York, offers tours of the subway, and while there are plenty of sights to see on the surface of the city, we headed underground to explore what hides beneath the bustling New York cityscape.

designboom headed underground to explore what lies beneath the bustling new york cityscape
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the tour begins at City Hall Park, the birthplace of the entire subway system, where our knowledgeable guide points out the visible elements of the disused City Hall station. after descending under the guastavino-tile clad arches of the imposing civic building, guests discover the architectural ghosts of the now nearly forgotten and partly abandoned Chambers Street station, once dubbed the ‘great inner-city powerhouse’ . at this eerily quiet entrance, ticket counters have been covered in children’s artwork, while signage from a bygone era clings to the station’s historic walls.

designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
guests descend under the arches covered with guastavino tiles of the imposing municipal building
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Train 6 is then used as a ten-car time machine, with passengers able to see the abandoned train stations that passengers unknowingly pass through every day. the tour then unearths the remains of union square station, which have been repurposed into an art installation hiding in plain sight.

designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
vaulted ceilings soar above
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the two-hour tour gives a comprehensive history of one of the world’s greatest rapid transit systems, from its launch in 1901 to the often-derided, yet still essential system we know today. to see untapped cities site to see available tour dates and visit archtober’s website for more information on other events taking place this month.

designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
Chambers Street station was once dubbed the “great inner city central”
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designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
the almost forgotten and partially abandoned station
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designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
tour guests meet the architectural ghosts of the station
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designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
a disused platform sits in the center of Chambers Street station
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designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
signage from a bygone era clings to the station’s historic walls
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designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
the counters were filled with children’s artwork
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designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
tour unearths remnants of union square station
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designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
historic artifacts have been repurposed as an art installation hiding in plain sight
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designboom explores the underground architecture of the New York subway
the terracotta emblem refers to the location of union square’s 14th street
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