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World's Most Beautiful Subway Stations

New York City: City Hall

There’s only one way to see City Hall station in lower Manhattan, which is otherwise closed to the public: on a tour offered by the New York Transit Museum. It was built largely as a ceremonial terminal for local government dignitaries (two other stations close by offer better connections). It opened in 1904 and closed in 1945 due to lack of use. The station is now a time capsule of the grandest subway architecture New York has to offer: arched ceilings with Guastavino tiles are topped by ornate skylights peeking through to City Hall Park above.

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