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We Smuggled Ourselves Into New York’s Abandoned City Hall Station

We Smuggled Ourselves Into New York’s Abandoned City Hall Station


– No. This is where you die. This is your death. This is, he’s doing this. This is, he’s doing this. (curious music) – Now before it sounds
like I just wanna trespass in interesting places, hear me out. There are some really fascinating places in and around New York City,
that are completely abandoned. That have little to no public access. and they’re falling apart. I feel it’s a responsibility
to document these places before they’re completely forgotten and one such place is the
City Hall Subway Station. Currently at the six line and
at the Brooklyn Bridge Station Well just below that is an
abandoned Subway Station that few living New Yorkers
have ever stepped foot inside. On October 27th, 1904, the
Interbureau Rapid Transit Company opened to the public and at about 2:34pm, the
first underground Subway departed from City Hall Station. The place is gorgeous. It was adorned with colored glass tiles, brass chandeliers, skylights
and iconic Guastavino arches. But after the city started
lengthening the trains, there were dangerously large gaps between the doors and the platform due to the tight curve of the tracks. So at the end of 1945, the
station was permanently closed. I wanna get inside. So can we get into the
City Hall Subway Station? – [Woman] No. – There’s no way we can get in? – [Woman] No. As I said, it’s just a matter
of safety and security. – Okay. – [Woman] Okay? – Alright, thank you
very much for your help. – [Woman] Okay, alright then, bye-bye. – Alright bye. Alright.
– Shit. – Alright. So I have a feeling that
the MTA wants to pretend that closed Subway Stations don’t exist because they don’t want people to trespass or to vandalize them. – Or shoot an internet video in them. We got all this research. We can do a nice video about
the history of this place. That’s it. That’s a great video. We don’t have to go there. – What if, we didn’t use a train. Really quick, trespassing is illegal and a punishable offense in New York and pretty much every other state. Currently this is the start
and the end of the six line. There has to be some way to get there. This is where City Hall is right here. There has to be some platform
or entrance way there. So I think what we have to do
is we should go to City Hall and just see if there’s a way to get down. – So we’re just gonna go there and just hope that there’s a door leading to this abandoned Subway station. – Yeah. Let’s go. – No.
– Let’s go to City Hall. – No. – Let’s go to City Hall. – No.
– Terrence. – There’s no way. – Terence.
– You are getting me – Terence.
– to go there. (upbeat energetic music) – This is City Hall Park. So it must be further in. Yeah, so it doesn’t look
like we’re gonna get access. – [Terence] What if we ask the guard, we’re just trying to sneak into
an abandoned Subway tunnel? – We can try it. Do you know where the old City Hall Subway
Station entrance used to be? – Yeah. – But it’s right where those cars are? – Really, okay. – Oh this looks like a gate. That looks like a gate. Looks like another gate. I’m seeing a lot of gates. Seeing a lot of places we can’t go by. This is definitely where it is though. According to this map, it’s in this area. Do you know what, there’s a little like. – [Terence] What is that? – It looks like that could have been
an old Subway entrance. I mean this is exactly where
the map says it would have been Yeah like this is exactly where we are. We’re right there. – What about that Subway
station right there though? What about that one? – That makes a little bit more sense. I think that we should go down and see if there’s some sort
of door that gives you access. Cause it really could
be that simple, right? It could be just that easy. That just there’s a door. – Yeah unlocked door that
says Unlocked Subway Station. – So it would be that way, right? – [Terence] Yeah. And the door opened. Just kidding. The door was clearly locked. And we started feeling like
maybe this wouldn’t happen. – [Terence] Christian, we’ve
come as far as we’ve gotten. We’ve gotten, it’s literally
the end of the line. – [Christian] We can try this door. I mean, this could also be a ramp down. – [Terence] Alright, buzz in and ask them. (buzzer rings) – That’s it. – Alright. We tried. This is the end of the journey. – Not yet. – Yes it is.
– Not yet. – I think t might be
the end of the journey. – Not yet. Yeah I’m trying to find out
where the old door used to be. – [Woman] I don’t know if they closed it and this is just rebuilt on top of, like I wouldn’t know. – I’m just gonna ask the cop. Do you know where the old City Hall Subway
Station entrance used to be? I know it’s in this area. – [Christian] Is that where
the MTA still accesses it? From down there? – They circle around? – Yeah. – Are you allowed to stay on the train? – This was our in. We jump on the sixth
train at the last stop and ride it around as it loops
through City Hall Station. If they asked us to leave, we’d leave. But I had a feeling they
don’t actively enforce this no passenger policy. (door rings) Alright we guess we, we just do it. I mean here, we’re on the train. (somber saxpohone music) (train screeches) Now I had assumed the conductor would take it slow around
this curve, I was wrong. (train screeches) Oh my God. – Actually heart attack. – Ooh man, it’s starting really
picking up some speed there. – Ok.
– We did it. – We did it. – Regardless of that
near death experience. That was pretty cool. – [Christian] That was pretty cool. – That was pretty cool. We did it. We saw City Hall. – I know. – In focus, it was but.. – We saw City Hall. – I need a drink. – So that was pretty cool. We’d gone to the station
without breaking any law that we know of. And I also learned that
you should really listen to those warning about
walking between train cars. So let us know what you think. What abandoned or forgotten
place should we go to next?

Comments (98)

  1. Two metros wanting to see the 'metro'.

  2. REALLY, "watch me be a dork".

  3. brooklyn army terminal!

  4. RNK DID A VIDEO HERE AND HAD IT PULLED FOR TRESPASSING WHAT A AWESOME PLACE SGOULD BE OPEN TO PUBLIC AS MUSEUM AWESOME!!!

  5. Rationalize your trespassing all you want, but it is still trespassing. There is probably a good reason it is closed to the public. It is dangerous.

  6. lame…you didn't get in at all!

  7. this is why nobody likes buzzfeed they are fake you didn't get inside there are other youtubers that got in and filmed.

  8. Correction: The conductor is the person announcing the station and open and closing the doors. The operator is the person driving the train.

  9. u didnt really smuggle urselfs in u wasnt even in city hall station walking around all u did was see what it looked like…maybe walk go down a active station when the trains loop flys past then go and walk on the lil platform edge and go through the tunnel to city hall station
    that would have been more intresting

  10. This is kinda clickbait

  11. Here's a link to where you can get an official tour. https://www.nytransitmuseum.org/oldcityhall/

  12. Should have just asked a homeless guy..

  13. Is there someone at the top of the stairs @ 7.06? ♡

  14. You can take a guided tour of City Hall station.

  15. Don’t watch it’s clickbait all they do is get on a 6 train and let it loop around City Hall and all that is at the end

  16. -1 lame

    I WAS EXPECTING U2 TO GO WALKING THROUGH THE AREA

  17. We didn’t see anything 🤦🏽‍♀️

  18. Never ever take no for an answer find your own way in. This is something I would like to do with some one my self.

  19. Smuggled ? You guys are morons. Blatant lie. You stay on the train as it 180s' to return uptown. It was designed that way.

  20. What a wasted video.

  21. Yall are soft as hell

  22. Drama for the views selling

  23. This had the stank of buzzfeed

  24. say hi to the Ninja Turtles

  25. Wasn’t this the station in Fantastic Beasts?

  26. London uses to cover abandoned stations with walls and doors and called them staff only area.

  27. I would have jumped off lol

  28. Congrats you did what sleeping homeless people do every day

  29. The MTA wasn’t trying to pretend that it do’s this exist. She clearly aid that it was for safety issues. If it’s not taken care of then it could be dangerous or hazardous to your health.

  30. Way to document the ceiling of a station maybe if you fell off and walked around it would be a ok video but thx for wasting time

  31. There is a video of some dude that was actually in the station! I saw it a couple of years ago. But he was Clearly trespassing…think he also went to the west side underground tunnels.

  32. This guy is fucking lie and a damn Jew

  33. Grand central terminal

  34. Is that cardi b 5:15

  35. Conductor =/= Driver!!

  36. In Japan people walk between the cars all the time…

  37. They filmed themselves committing a crime?????

  38. Wheres Ryan and shane?!?!?!??!

  39. I want my 8 minutes of life back

  40. The comments under this video is so rude. My partner and I were very appreciative and liked the video (we lived in nyc our whole lives so hold the “foreign” or “tourist” comments). Kudos to you!

  41. Too bad they can't make all the stations that nice!

  42. try to go to abandoned 91th street

  43. They’ve got to fix it up and re-open it!

  44. Seeing City Hall station is as easy as joining one of the subway historical societies that every year or so manage to get a private tour of the station.

  45. I was there when it was active. 1960 .

  46. You guys are the best!!! Thanks for showing us the old City Hall Station.

  47. was build by GUASTAVINO an Catalan Inmigrant Architect, who build too arc vault of Grand central Station Mckim Mead & White and the oyster restaurant in that Station…

  48. Is that the same place that turtels live in the tmnt 3 movie

  49. To go where no modern human has gone before. Lol

  50. Walk in the midnight 🕛 and give us a good video 👀

  51. Astor hotel presidential station

  52. It's only SOMETIMES forbidden to stay on the 6 train for that. They give an announcement when it is.

    It is ALWAYS forbidden to ride between cars unless directed to do so by the crew.

  53. There’s an abandon station right next to the canal st station where the J line passes by

  54. You should explore the catacombs in Paris

  55. That was so cool

  56. They shot films there, just go to the film office and get a permit.

  57. what about the abandoned subway to Staten Island?

  58. Just take the museum tour and you would have done a better video.

  59. "We'd gone to the station without breaking any law"

    LITERALLY A SIGN SAYING:
    Riding or moving between cars is prohibited

  60. Clearly it’s not your responsibility to explore these abandoned places. Just admit that you’re willing to step all over private property owners boundaries in order to explore wherever tf you feel like

  61. A good video from buzzfeed, what

  62. Most New Yorkers have known about this for years, and a lot of us have done it. You didn't smuggle yourself anywhere. Nice clickbait!

  63. what an exciting life you guys live,,im wetting myself with jealousy,

  64. More about the abandon New York Subway City Hall Station can be found here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qx_hsNYD2w

  65. Are you guys familiar with the buildings in Sandyhook New Jersey ?

  66. Why is this in buzzfeed multiplayer?

  67. You guys could have just gotten a ticket for the city hall tour 😂

  68. I have read so many negative comments here but I am from India and I like to explore and watch abandoned palace,stations,secret passages of kings which are blocked by governments but I am just a curious guy like in this video City hall station was beautiful by the way and I was filling like adventure while watching this but be careful while exploring!

  69. What about checking out the station under the Waldorf Astoria Hotel where President Roosevelts train car used to park?

  70. New York : omg there's an abandoned station.

    London : haha, cute we have upwards of 60

  71. This video SUUUCKED. Should’ve known he wasn’t going to ACTUALLY trespass

  72. How are these people able to commit a crime and nothing happens to them?

  73. NYPD and FBI has entered the section

  74. You didn't walk around??? I wanted Ghost Buster Slime!

  75. Any body realised.,it was built by men and horses steam…..

  76. "…near death experience!" Emasculated hipster pricks!

  77. I bet that subway station was cleaner than the subways nowadays

  78. They didn't use the emergency brake 🤫

  79. isnt that the place the ninja turtles secret base was?

  80. I have been in it on a tour! It was beautiful

  81. That song is beautiful tho

  82. tell me how im in new your and i dont evn know about this

  83. they let you stay on the train and there’s also the tour like…

  84. Steve Duncan actually did this years ago, and much better. He actually walked the path and went into the actual old station. Look him up if you want, steve Duncan urban exploration. Ny underground subway vid

  85. Visit the abandoned Kings Park Psychiatric Center Kings Park, Long Island, New York.

  86. Clickbait. The Transit Museum offers tours of the Old City Hall station. The title of this video should have been: "Two lame douchebags ride the 6 train"
    https://www.nytransitmuseum.org/oldcityhall/
    Tickets cost $50 per person.
    Reservations for tours of Old City Hall station are not confirmed until the Museum receives a signed release form and a copy of a government-issued ID for you and any guests. All attendees must submit this required security clearance paperwork within 72 hours of ticket purchase. If we do not receive it by the stated deadline, your reservation will be canceled and you will not receive a refund.

  87. What a joke. Two soy boys ride the 6 train. I love the part of this video where they both scream like two little girls.

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