Posted by Mitch Goldman on June 2, 2015 
Imagine if all of NYC stations were as beautiful, or at least those most frequented. Nicely captured. Thanks for sharing. It's a place I've always wanted to visit but have yet to sync my schedule with those offering the tour.
Posted by Scott Cunningham on June 3, 2015 
What a superb piece of Art Nouveau architecture. Made a note to visit this next time I'm in New York!
Posted by Mark on June 3, 2015 
Lovely! Why do you suppose the rails are still shiny? Do these tracks still get used for anything?
Posted by Rich Brown on June 3, 2015 
BEAUTIFUL ! Reminds me VERY MUCH of the arches and tile work on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal.
Posted by Bruce Budris on June 3, 2015 
Mark - The track running through the station is part of a "balloon loop" at the southern terminal of the No. 6 train and is utilized to head the trains back north into Brooklyn Bridge station.
Posted by Craig Walker on June 3, 2015 
Wasn't there a lot of flooding in lower Manhattan and the Battery from superstorm Sandy a few years ago? did this escape the flood, or was it subsequently cleaned up?
Posted by Mitch Goldman on June 3, 2015 
If the track is in fact still in use does that not dispel the idea that it was put out of service due to car length?
Posted by jdayrail on June 3, 2015 
Beautifully captured, Mr. Budris. Thank you for the photo and the interesting history lesson.
Posted by Janusz Mrozek on June 3, 2015 
Complementary horizontal and vertical curves, a compositional gem!
Posted by Mark on June 3, 2015 
Thank you for the answer, Bruce. I wonder if the length was only an issue for passenger loading and unloading. The gap created by overhang could have been enough to create a hazard, while still not enough for the cars to hit anything.
Posted by Andrew on June 3, 2015 
I think it would be car length. The centre of the car would be so far away from the platform edge, "mind the gap" would be replaced with " one giant step for man, one giant leap for mankind!" That is provided the platform was long enough to take the train.
Posted by Nigel Curtis on June 3, 2015 
Mitch, although the track is still in use, the long length of modern cars means that doors near the centre would be too far away from the platform edge owing to the sharp curvature.
Posted by Bruce Budris on June 3, 2015 
Mitch, Mark, Andrew & Nigel - Yes. With the longer cars the gap between the center doors and the platform is very large (multiple feet). Also, the trains at this time were becoming longer and the total length of the platform was insufficient. Today, a couple of other IRT stations (that I know of) utilize sections of platforms that roll out to meet the train - but these stations have much less curvature than the platform at Old City Hall.
Posted by J. Randall Banks on June 3, 2015 
What a great shot and history lesson. Thank-you.
Posted by Dennis A. Livesey on June 3, 2015 
Excellent capture Bruce!
Posted by Nick Craven on June 3, 2015 
Those moving platforms really mess with you when you see them, especially when you're someone like me that's used to DC Metro's laser straight platforms system wide.
Posted by Steve Larson on June 19, 2015 
Bruce, thank you for the background on such a marvelous photo. Also, for the definition of IRT. I have yet to visit New York, but with this on my bucket list, maybe I can get this resolved.
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