Secret Places and Photography
This may not be such a secret anymore considering that even I have heard of it but, if you haven’t, then it’s well work checking out. Apparently, there is a secret, abandoned subway station in NYC. Built in 1904, this station has been closed and left untouched since 1945. It’s a beautiful place, filled with hanging lights, intricate and immaculate tile-work, and has that timeless feel to it. It’s rather like the American version of Platform Nine and Three-Quarters from Harry Potter in that it is clean and looks untouched by the passage of time.
Today the City Hall subway station is a place where many urban photographers cut their teeth. Picturesque, mysterious, and free of people and their habit of making any place look…well…not-so-new, this station is a great place to practice photography and to practice some of the tricks of the trade that come with urban photography — sneaking into places where one isn’t exactly supposed to be being the primary. Beyond the City Hall station itself, there are several tunnels that house murals and paintings done by street artists. However, entering those areas without approval can lead to arrest or death so we don’t recommend you visit them even if the artwork is very unique.
— da Bird
Image by: John-Paul Palescandolo and Eric Kazmirek