Sink into the past, present and future of the NYC Subway System
A ride through the history of the world's largest rapid transit system, learning the secrets of New York's subway on a 3-hour underground tour.
Hear about the past, present and future of the NYC underground, listen to stories about the people and the engineering behind the subway's construction and the secrets about abandoned levels and hidden stations.
Visit the new stations at Fulton and the World Trade Center and see official and unofficial art as you follow the 1904 line from City Hall to 14th street.
This tour explores the areas that are open to the public (not the tunnels) but in most cases overlooked. We do not go into the tunnels or any area that is not open to the public.
We start in lower Manhattan in front of City Hall where we will learn how, why and when the NYC Subway system was opened in 1904.
After a visit to the Municipal Building we will go to the new World Trade Center hub, Calatrava's Oculus, and then to the Fulton Center.
After a short break we will use the subway to visit some of the stations along the old IRT line, including a glimpse of the abandoned City Hall Station, crown jewel of the original line, and the ghost station that green line riders unknowingly pass through everyday at Worth Street.
A stop on 14th street Union Square station and Astor Place before heading back to City Hall where the tour will end.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Tour departs at the Jacob Mould Fountain inside City Hall Park.
Duration: 3 hours
Time and route may vary depending on MTA's schedules, especially during the weekends.
This tour will be in part by foot, part by subway (it is an Underground Tour after all!).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3 USD - The tour requires only 1 metro card swipe per person ($2.75 on an MTA card or $3.00 each for a single ticket) not included in the price of the tour. No other expense is required.