NYC Subway Tunnel Exploring

Below you will find an abbreviated listing of some of the hundreds of clandestine explorations we have made within the NYC subway system over the last 20 years. We carry on a tradition of exploring these tunnels that dates back to the first days of subway operation, and continued on by early formers and later, the graffiti artists who explored tunnels looking for lay up trains to bomb.

Many of the names and other identifying characteristics of these locations have been purposefully obscured for safety and security sake, while other well documented spots (such as the abandoned stations) are freely named.

The subway tunnels of NYC are a dark, dirty, often deadly place. We suggest that you do not enter these tunnels ( it is after all "illegal"), but if you find yourself compelled to, study these tunnels well before you make the jump off the platform. Ride the train and watch from the windows. Observe. Learn. Only through strict self guided education will you learn the ways of the subway tunnel exploring Jedi.

For a more complete guide to exploring NYC's subway tunnels, we humbly suggest picking up this book.

Tomb of the Unnamed + Repent Tunnel

The end of this tunnel was once filled with the ashes of many unnamed victims. Ashes of those who met a horrid death that I watched with my own eyes and could smell and taste for days beyond. You don’t forget something like that, ever.



Abandoned 1925 vintage Staten Island Rapid Transit car 353 – 2003.

In 2003 me and Rebel SC came across this very long abandoned Staten Island Rapid Transit car.



Q Cars

In 2001, I came across a set of 3 old wooden subway cars parked in Sunset Park, across the street from the old Davidson Pipe storage facility (which today is a Costco store). As luck would have it, they were parked in a small former SBK yard with no fence. These were the last wooden […]



R28 cars 7926-7927 at Fresh Pond & Sunset Park in 2006

In the early 2000’s the Illinois Railway Museum bought two R28 ‘Redbird’ subway cars. By 2005 they were stored at the Cross Harbor yard in Sunset Park. Within a few months they were moved up Fresh Pond yard.



Abandoned Station Entrance: Bowery

A decade ago, myself and ntwrkguy were the first to explore the newly abandoned queens-bound Bowery station. Since that time, this station and tunnel became something of a tourist attraction: an easy spot for beginners to enter and get a taste of what the NYC Subway system has to offer. This is not to say […]



Bergen Lower Level, 2013

The lower level of Bergen Street Station in Brooklyn is a long ‘abandoned’ mess.



Graffiti Tunnel

Deep below NYC lays this mythical location, where serious writers put up blockbuster pieces for only the select few that are daring enough to find this subway tunnel to view and enjoy. Here’s a sampling of what can be found in this amazing location.



Smith’s Dungeon

Smith’s Dungeon is perhaps one of the hardest NYC Subway tunnel locations to crack open.