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Abandoned subway tunnel

01/11/04

View of tunnel

Rusty wall

Rusty light bulb

Cinderblocks and doorway lit through slats

Barrel of freon

Door

Annual Christmas sale: Nylon Briefs

Photographer waving hand over tripod

Old golden details

Old light fixtures, stacked

Doorways and pipe

The end of the tunnel

Looking up
Abandoned subway tunnel, Newark

That photographer in the eighth picture is Steve, whose site contains much excellence.

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these pictures are freakin' awesome. i love abandoned spaces.

Posted by: Paul Sopocy at January 11, 2004 11:30 PM

The fourth one down is amazing.

Posted by: Etan at January 12, 2004 12:23 AM

wow! so what's the backstory? how'd you get access?

Posted by: rion at January 12, 2004 01:14 AM

Is Jimmy in the barrel? Exceptional! Thanks for the adventure.

Posted by: haughty at January 12, 2004 02:46 AM

Utterly fantastic. And Paul Sopocy! There's a name from the past!

Posted by: yukino at January 12, 2004 05:15 AM

I too would love to hear the backstory on these pictures!

Posted by: Anna at January 12, 2004 08:25 AM

those are amazing!

Posted by: jetgirl at January 12, 2004 09:32 AM

Hello Mike,
I just wanted to say that I saw your post over at Jay Allen for MT Blacklist. I was spammed by this person... I have added it to the list manually. The IP address is the same as the one you seem to have encountered... I also had the same email address posted on mine. The only difference was the stupid comment and it had something to do with a URL advertising bigger breasts. I deleted it from my site, but I am adding it to the blacklist. If you ever need an updated list that may not be done at jayallen, you can go here. http://demon.twinflame.org. He is a good friend of mine and he usually has pretty up to date lists.

Posted by: Erin at January 12, 2004 03:14 PM

cool stuff

Posted by: John at January 13, 2004 01:23 PM

Whoa, how did you get access to this? I am so jealous! It kinda reminds me of the movie "Jacobs Ladder" That scene in the subway etc.. very cool photos mike!

-chris

Posted by: Chris at January 13, 2004 10:37 PM

super scarry!

Posted by: amylyn at January 14, 2004 10:13 PM

dood, spill it!

Posted by: rachelleb at January 14, 2004 11:07 PM

oh my...green with explorer's envy here...way to get in there, mike.

Posted by: Christina Ray at January 15, 2004 02:47 AM

it's terrific...

Posted by: Damian at January 15, 2004 05:24 AM

incoming nerd comment ...

i thought these were Doom3 screenshots.


... and there it was.

Posted by: joel at January 15, 2004 09:28 AM

wow! I want to go on a photo safari with YOU! You have the great sites for fantastic material and the eye to go with it. My silly snapshots pale in comparison.

Posted by: sarabear at January 27, 2004 12:43 AM

WOW!!!! Ok were to start all of the pics on this site are so damed good i lik ethem

Posted by: ryan at March 18, 2004 01:34 AM

awesome! that looks like great stuff to explore, especially with the wierd non-train bits and pieces in there (nylon briefs sign etc). i assume you are shooting digital? if so try out the tungsten white balance setting to help kill the crazy yellow hues. cool to see that Steve has found people to explore with as well! I emailed him a short tutorial on light and flash painting, you might find it interesting. Keep up the good work!
dsankt

Posted by: dsankt at March 20, 2004 08:37 PM

I just randomly stumbled onto this site researching some city history. I found these photos to be so so interesting and the shots and angles and lighting.. turned out so well. Good job, great photos.

Posted by: tiffany at May 21, 2004 06:10 AM

wow, great shots. i never can get enough light to take good pics when i'm out exploring. so cool that you found a shop fairly intact, too!

Posted by: pinguino at June 6, 2004 04:41 PM

Is this the old tunnel under Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn New York across the Brooklyn Bridge?~

Posted by: Farid at June 22, 2004 01:18 PM

Wow Amazing Shots I love the first one incredible I also love taking pictures and have great respect and love for people who keep the traditions of photographs god speed man

Posted by: Fernando at August 20, 2004 01:58 AM

I m a guy from holland and I was googling around the internet until I saw this site.
Damn good pictures, I wish I could do this kind off photos myself.

This photos from the abandoned tunnel are real spooky. I like that

Posted by: Menno at September 6, 2004 05:31 PM

Great photo's dude.
Infact id like to use them for some promotional purposes, We should talk about it. Contact me at Jebus_r0kz@hotmail.com if your interested.

thnx, keep up the nice work..

Posted by: Jebus at September 15, 2004 02:31 AM

Wow. These are really interesting, Especially the first one and the fourth one. Great mood & lighting. And since I assume no train ran you over, a job well done!

Posted by: caryn at October 26, 2004 11:12 PM

Feels like Silent Hill.
Nice shots.

Posted by: Drell at November 4, 2004 01:04 PM

dude these are quality pictures, love the overall feeling it evokes.Annual Christmas sale, haha...love the contrast.

Posted by: Haku at November 16, 2004 09:39 AM

After a weekend of digging snow out of my driveway, and throwing hot water on my car door (in a feeble attempt to de-ice it... only to break my car key in the lock) ...I dragged myself into work today‚€“ in (fuck)Ohio.
A few hours after I arrived I realized ‚€“I was in need of a temporary escape.
I typed in New York - in Googles Image search ..(my alter ego lives in NY)-- and ended up with a link to Satan‚€™s Laundromat.
I have now spent most of the day with your photos and words. -
You (and your photos) are very addicting.
You have a wonderful ability to capture and convey a moment in time. Great eye for beauty (sometimes in the oddest, most decrepitly run down places-- The Abandoned Subway photos are some of my favorites)- And a sense of humor that makes me smile. (The ‚€œErection‚€Ě photos are a riot)

My degree was in Commercial Photography/Graphic Design. A few years of catalog shoots for plumbing suppliers and advertisements for tire companies ,- I swore I would never pick up a camera again. - After seeing your photos, I may pull out the old camera.-

So... Mike... I have a crush on you.. (NOT in a Julian Sands/ Boxing Helena or Glen Close/Basic Instinct, type of way ) ‚€“ But, in the way I would like to know more about you.
Why no Bio on your site? ‚€“ Age? Background? Profession ? Education? Camera Equipment?
photos of you?

Thanks for making my day a little nicer.
Keep up the great work

Posted by: Beth at January 24, 2005 04:03 PM

the pictures are great. really well done shots.

Posted by: daniel at March 15, 2005 01:50 AM

Came to your sight while doing research, Trying to find the long lost "Freedom" tunnel. Your adventures are quite encouraging. I cant wait to get to the city. Bon Voyage California.

Posted by: Miller at April 7, 2005 03:18 PM

Phenomenal artistry - this is pure beauty that I could look at all day.

Posted by: troy at May 1, 2005 04:09 AM

congrats on making it top page on google images for
"abandoned building"

I'm very facinated with abandoned buildings, going to but an old factory one day ;)

http://images.google.ca/images?q=abandoned%20building&hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official_s&sa=N&tab=wi

Posted by: Matt at June 8, 2005 06:27 PM

I am from Australia and while google-ing accidently stumbled upon this site. The abandoned tunnel is spooky and makes me want to know more. Keep up the great photos.

Posted by: Kara at June 10, 2005 08:53 AM

THE BONE COLLECTOR FILM!

Posted by: WDS at July 13, 2005 03:42 PM

I really like this entry! Nice photos!

Posted by: Donovan Phillips at July 24, 2005 03:50 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your pics are awesome. I've searched all over the web. I mean, endlessly searching, just trying to find ANY pictures that showed tunnels of some kind. I would like to use them for my book report over John Saul's "The Manhattan Hunt Club." You WILL be given appropriate credit. Please email me to let me know if you're all right with me using them. Thank you. I would really appreciate it.

Posted by: Jill H. at August 30, 2005 04:13 PM

Some of those pics are amazing. I wish I knew where that tunnel was. How the heck did you get there anyways! Lmao!!

Posted by: DJGrind at September 7, 2005 08:47 PM

You are a photographer of typical subjects - these series I like in particular.

Posted by: Dutch PhotoDay at October 1, 2005 04:38 PM

haha, this fucking shit is terrible. go fucking kill ur self u poor excuse for a bitch!

Posted by: the fucking fucker at October 12, 2005 04:25 PM

LOL annyone can claim its haunted just as annyone could make it all up!

Posted by: criogen at October 20, 2005 06:22 PM

I suspect that this tunnel is the old subway connector between Newark Penn Station and the old Public Service trolley terminal, which has since been demolished. If you had wandered into this tunnel just a few years ago you would have found NJ Transit's stash of old trolley cars they were saving- Some are in museums now, and many are now running on the MUNI in San Francisco.

Posted by: Wayne Sanderson at November 30, 2005 11:54 PM

Good pics! I found you here:
http://www.google.com/search?q=explore+abandoned+tunnels&hl=en&lr=&start=10&sa=N

Posted by: muck at December 20, 2005 12:09 AM

Me gustan mucho las fotos de lugares abandonados,
especialmente las de old subways stations, estas fotos que muestras aqui son increibles, saludos.

Posted by: Paco at December 20, 2005 03:29 PM

Why don,t you take some picture of some scenes in the sunlight? Also, do you ever consider taking photos of something well and alive?

Posted by: Adomi at December 30, 2005 05:04 AM

cool

Posted by: taylor at March 9, 2006 12:31 PM

those r not good pics
(fyi)

Posted by: tay at March 9, 2006 12:33 PM

Ahh, the Kresge's tunnel. Nice. I've been in that but did not find the door or hidden room. I should try to be more observant.

Posted by: Panic! at March 18, 2006 08:39 PM

Fantastic

Posted by: Chaucer at September 14, 2006 03:02 PM

so happy i came across this website. thank you.
i love these photographs, it sort of reminds me of the Dark Days documentary by Marc Singer. some of NYC's homeless living in dark subway tunnels

Posted by: lily at February 4, 2007 01:27 PM

Commenting on "Paco"'s comment: It looks like he is not english. Could someone translate it for me? TY

Posted by: YdoUcarWATmiNMEis at March 29, 2007 09:34 PM

I really like the pics of the old subway tunnels.I am looking for a way to get to them for backgrounds for my bands photos.If you could be so kind as to let me know how you got there or did you need special permission to get in,please let me know.

Posted by: Mike at October 16, 2007 05:57 PM

Awesome, in fact, it's all the awesomes......beautiful site, colours amazing, makes me almost wish I didn't live in Glasgow. Which line is it from and was there a reason it was closed down or was it just lack of funding. Nice find, well done.

Posted by: kik at January 8, 2008 12:18 PM

more info:

http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/cedarst.html

Posted by: B G at January 28, 2008 01:07 PM

Very cool!

Posted by: Jim at February 11, 2008 10:17 PM

Fantastic lighting, mindblowing photos. The photo of the barrel really gets inside my skull!!

Posted by: SewerRat at May 23, 2008 12:11 PM

hey, i just bumped into this blog while searching for abandoned stations and how to get into those.

woud there be any way for you to take me in one of your next adventures, just around the city or even the subways? i'd love to capture some beauty in film too.

please, contact me!
my email is ph2250@columbia.edu
and phone#: 6463005323

Posted by: Patrick Han at June 30, 2008 01:12 PM

been searching for the name of a closed off tunnel off the George Washington Bridge (heading twards Nj) cant seem to find a name for it. Anybody know? Awesome pictures though

Posted by: lisa Damato at December 7, 2008 07:21 AM

This reminds me of a video game i once played, Condemned;Criminal Origins
especially that weird shop-like place, its so spooky and interesting to watch...

Thx

Posted by: Cyndie at May 10, 2009 12:37 PM

those are really cool pictures. Who found this? why do you think it was hidden?

Posted by: ashley at January 13, 2010 07:08 PM

The tunnel pictured was called the Cedar St. Tunnel. It did indeed connect the Public Service Railway Terminal. Besides being the headqaurters for the PSEG&R (Public Service Electric Gas & Railway), the terminal had 2 levels. A second floor terminal in which the trolleys traveled up a ramp at the rear of the building onto the second floor and also a lower level basement terminal which had the entrance to the tunnel. The store front pictured was a station in the basement of a Kresge's 5 & 10 Cent Store. The trolleys exited the tunnel on Newark's Washington Ave. When it was decided to construct a new Public Service building the first thing torn down was the ramp. At the time the inside of the ramp was used as a garage for PSE&G trucks. No one knew what it's real function had been. Least of all the demolition crew. The ramp was constructed of concrete reinforced with steel "I" beams. It took almost 6 months with a wrecking ball to get it down. The square city block where the ramp was would be the site for the new building. As it was excavated they dug down and broke through to the Cedar St. Subway connection to the Newark City Subway. They found 3 perfectly preserved Public Service PCC Trolley Cars. They immediately cut one up into pieces before they were stopped. At this point the demolition company did some homework and knew they would be in trouble with the building. They tried to get a blasting permit but were denied by the city. So they set charges anyway and blasted it on a Sunday morning. They were fined $10,000. Well worth the price.

Posted by: viggie at October 25, 2010 10:45 PM

Where is the access to this tunnel?? I have been looking for months and can't find it!!

Posted by: John at March 11, 2011 11:12 PM

southwest corner of Broad and Cedar

Posted by: D J at May 20, 2011 07:30 PM

How easy is it to get in to this tunnel? would anyone with more experience traversing nyc tunnels be willing to show me around?

Posted by: Devon at June 16, 2011 11:58 PM

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