Opened in 1904 and designed by Rafael Guastavino, the City Hall subway station was intended to be the crown jewel of the original New York City subway line. The station was closed in 1945 and has remained that way to date. Originally, commuters were required to disembark at the Brooklyn Bridge station before the train made its way back uptown. In recent years, passengers have been permitted to remain on the train while it passes through this stunning and historic station.

It's been a long while since I rode the New York City subway. My most recent sub-urban travel has been on subway cars in Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo. I love exploring the subway stations of foreign rapid transit systems and I typically find that the older the station the more impressive it is.

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