hrfcarl wrote:While I do not believe this is realated to the NY Times article, this is an interesting web article:
http://www.asylum.com/2010/11/02/the-un ... k4%7C22953
I know there is an issue of safety, but is it possible to say wheather either spot referenced by posters below the article is correct?
Actually, the NY Times also did an article on this.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/01/arts/ ... belly.html
A friend of mine and I have been trying to figure out the location... not that we plan on attempting to see in person (I'm 5+ hours away from the city) but just for the fun of trying to figure out the location. After all, there can only be so many possibilities.
Below the asylum article, one poster said City Hall. But that poster was quickly rebuffed by someone else who said City Hall station is active -- just not for passenger use. Southbound 6 trains use the City Hall loop to become northbound trains.
The NY Times article noted that the location of this "gallery" has no tracks in the beds, and from the photos, you can see the tracks would have dead-ended at this station. There's two reasons why the "original" City Hall station doesn't fit that description.
But there's also the abandoned lower level of the BMT (R/W) City Hall station. A good theory, but I was able to rule this out as well. While the lower level never had signage or wall tiles installed, it DOES have tracks, and those tracks are used as a mini-yard to store trains. On nycsubway.org, there's also a photo of a fenced-off stairway from the upper-level platform, showing that the lower level has lights. The NYT article said that the gallery space had no electricity (artists brought their own lights) and while there were holes in the platforms for stairs or elevators, none were present.
Additionally, because the lower-level tracks were originally supposed to be the ones to continue south, and the upper-level tracks were originally going to terminate there... the upper-level tracks "ramp downgrade" into where the lower-level tracks would have continued south. As a result, the in-station tracks have a gradually-decreasing ceiling, whereas the photos of this gallery space show the trackbeds ending against a flat, full-height wall.
The next poster on the asylum site claims the location is somewhere along the G-line in Brooklyn. But checking the track maps at nycsubway.org, there's no illustration of any abandoned or unbuilt tracks along that line. I haven't had much time to look into that claim any further, but haven't seen anything else (yet) to lend any credibility to the claim.
The NYT article claims the space isn't as far away from the galleries of Chelsea as one might think, but it's hard to tell if this is true, or if it's just a "red herring" to further disguise the location.