Matt Coneybeare

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Inside the Abandoned IRT City Hall Subway Station

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The IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) City Hall Station was the very first Subway station in NYC. It opened to great fanfare as it allowed people to get from Lower Manhattan all the way uptown in minutes for the first time.

Over time, the next station on the line — the Brooklyn Bridge station, only 600ft away — became more popular due to it’s several transfer opportunities and longer boarding areas. Eventually the ridership at this station dropped to a mere couple hundred a day, and thus it was closed down and abandoned until 2004.

The station can be seen publicly on the 6-train turnaround, but you can only see from the right-side window, only if it’s daytime, and only if you look quickly. I found out that you can schedule a trip to visit the station through the NY Transit Museum, so this past weekend, Di and I scheduled a private tour and got to see the station in all it’s glory. Enjoy.

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My name is Matt Coneybeare, I design and develop for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), Mac OS X and the Web out of New York. In 2008 I started a software company called Urban Apps that has made some pretty popular apps such as Ambiance and Hourly News. My current Stack Overflow reputation is about 27k.

I was a Rockstar a decade ago, but then went back to school and collected a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. Now I am settled down with my beautiful wife Di and our two doggies Hamachi and Foxy. While coding, I walk several miles/day on my Treadmill Desk. When not at my desk, I love exploring New York City as a Yelp Elite, or training for marathons.

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