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76th street – the puzzling evidence

Published on: January 21st, 2007 | Last updated: November 9, 2015 Written by:

For decades now there has been a mystery surrounding the ’76th street’ subway station. Some old timers claim that they actually saw the station, while others refute it as absolute fiction.

The layup
Between Euclid Ave and Grant ave on the A/C line, there is a set of ‘lay up tracks below the active A line. These tracks were built with the intention of building a new tunnel out to Cross Bay Blvd. The next stop past the solid concrete wall at the end was suppose to be 76th street.



There are several signals installed facing this wall – this one is just a few dozen feet from the wall – where a signal would make no sense to be installed unless there was track beyond the wall to fit an actual train.


Another one is a ‘homeball’ set facing the wall, just beyond which a set of switches was intended to be placed.


In a nearby tower, the board that shows the various tracks through the area explicitly shows a 76th street station.


Plans are clearly marked that the signals in question would be controlled by a future tower at 76th street.

Pitkin Yard
The Pitkin subway yard is connected to this tunnel, and if you go to the yard and into the tunnel, you’ll find a yard lead was built pointing out towards the east – to connect to the 76th street station and Cross bay blvd route.


Actual rail ties were installed at the switches.


Here, you’ll find more signals facing the wall.


The wall at the end is cinder block – and looks as if it were built as an afterthought – not an actual part of the concrete tunnel.


The bench wall here looks like it was chipped out after it was constructed.


And still more mysterious, when you shovel dirt from under the wall, an almost endless supply of clean soil can be scooped out.


So what is behind these walls?

I have it on good authority that a few years ago, the MTA did some inspecting. When they drilled a hole in the concrete wall at the end of the layup, water began to trickle out. The test droll hole was quickly re-sealed.

As for the cinder block wall and soil, I can tell you several people have spent a few man-hours digging out sand and not getting through.

Was the whole tunnel filled in, or just a small section? How was this soil placed here? Was it always here in the ground, or was it purposely piled here? Wouldn’t the soil have been more gradually if they simply stopped the tunnel construction here, instead of a wall with soil packed in behind it?

Do I personally think there is a 76th station and/or more tunnel beyond the wall?
There’s just not enough evidence to say either way. The tunnel was definitely planned, the provisions for it were definitely built – right down to the signals – but what lays behind these walls – particularly the yard lead wall – are a mystery we would love to see solved.

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19 responses to “76th street – the puzzling evidence”

  1. IBS says:

    You need to break through that cinderblock wall and find out the truth, cuz no one else is going to.

  2. A says:

    Please find out how much of 76 St is there it will show everyone it is real. You are the person to do it.

  3. BIG John says:

    When will someone go through that fucking wall and conirm if its there or not?

  4. Tom bauer says:

    Would it be possible to scan pitkin ave with ground penetrating radar? It will at least tell you if there is a void under the street or not

  5. Control says:

    Someone with deeper pockets needs to come and do that. Various other methods have been attempted over the years (some officially, some not), and this mystery persists.

  6. MTA Anon says:

    Anyone try going in through the grates by the cemetery on Pitkin around 79th – 80th st? From what I heard that’s the way in.

  7. Local Tourist says:

    MTA Anon
    The grates to those tunnels are at Conduit Ave with Sutter Ave, the southernmost one at around the intersession of Conduit Ave with 80th Street. Not by the cemetery… I don’t see what’s the need for radar technology if there’s a way in from above ground?

  8. Gene A says:

    Is there any evidence of a subway entrance to the mezzanine or platform on 76 ST.? That was my home turf I lived on 78 ST/101 AVE.

    BTW, just a side note, in 1976 while coming home from college on the A train, I missed the conductors announcement while at Euclid that the train was out of service. The doors closed and we sat for about 5 minutes then left, when I noticed something was different (turnout I never made before) I walked up the motorman, he was surprised and exclaimed &%$*#@ words and asked why I didnt get off at Euclid. He took us to the Pitkin yard we sat there another 5 minutes, he radioed the dispatcher to tell them he to backtrack to Euclid with a passenger. We walked up to the other end and he setup the controls and got clearance and we left for Euclid, along the way he was talking about the system and the tunnels and pointed out tracks to nowhere, was this the mysterious 76 ST station and tracks that I didnt know about at the time?

  9. Control says:

    Gene – great story – that was very likely the tracks intended to connect pitkin yard to the route to 76th street and beyond.

  10. Mike says:

    Well, gee, Local Tourist – if you know where it is, then why not show photos of the station?

  11. MTA Anon says:

    Conduit and sutter? You’re off by a whole block local tourist. Like mike said, If you know the way in why don’t you go and snap some pictures. Speaking of digging under the wall off the pitkin yard leads, maybe it’s not digging that should be done. How about removing a cinder block at the top of the wall? That would require a ladder and tools but at least you’ll be able to see behind the wall.

  12. Russ Nelson says:

    You can buy an inspection borescope for like $20 on EBay. Plugs into a cellphone. Has its own lighting. So drill a hole at the top of the wall, stick a pipe through until it moves freely, then stick the borescope through to see what’s on the other side of it. Very little chance of permanent harm to the wall, the railroad, or you.

  13. M says:

    Does anyone actually know where those grates by the cemetery go? MTA Anon might be onto something. The borescope thing is also a good idea, and if I had seen this a week ago I probably would have tried it while I was there.

  14. A Per/son says:

    Hey, contact me for pics, progress made at that wall. A Videoscope/Boroscope won’t help. It’s LITERALLY filled from floor to ceiling, wall to wall with sand.

  15. MTA Anon says:

    A Per/son, email me Tgrand16@mail.com. I’d like to know what you found and what progress was made at the wall.

  16. motty.nyc says:

    i was by the layup and by the wall leading off pitkin where the wall is. why is it that progress was only made by the wall leading off pitkin and not by the layup? and i can also confirm that there is a endless supply of sand in that wall

  17. Control says:

    I have it on good authority that the MTA test-drilled holes in the wall at the end of the layup years back. These small holes were quickly sealed up when water started pouring out of them.

    Obviously not a good sign…

  18. motty.nyc says:

    tried digging for 10 minutes but was getting a bit late/early, i will continue tho

  19. DAVID SEDA says:

    there is something down there, find out before I PASS ON.

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