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Lower Bergen

02/10/04

Ladders on stairs

Column

Exit signs

Quarters

WNYC ad / EXPRESS TRAINS

Wet

Signal

Wood signal

Halves

LIVE!  and original tile

Lean

No smoking or spitting

Walk

The lower level express platforms at Bergen Street station, on the F and G lines, were built in 1933, but they were never used until 1968, when the F ran express in Brooklyn. Service to the lower level ended in 1976. There has been talk recently about routing the much-hated V train to Brooklyn as an express via the lower level of Bergen Street, but it seems to be mostly just talk. In any event, some sort of signal construction is clearly underway.

More about Bergen Street at Abandoned Stations ("All the tile was removed, for reasons unknown."), nycsubway.org, and callalillie.

Express trains for track B3 only press button twice

Attention train operators: Do not stop at Bergen Street lower level station

Accessing prohibited sections of the subway can be hazardous or fatal. Do not attempt it.

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if the world succumbs to a post nuclear wasteland or if you have to hide from genetically altered donkey-apes, you will know exactly where to hide out. seems kind of creepy to be slinking around under the city in grimy, abandoned tunnels but it still looks like fun!

Posted by: john at February 11, 2004 01:30 AM

This is America!????

Posted by: antonia at February 11, 2004 08:01 AM

Well, yes, as much as certain demagogues want you to believe that New York City is not part of America, last I checked it was still technically in the US.

Posted by: Mike at February 11, 2004 08:22 AM

Mike ... I'm crushed. I would have loved to have seen that.

Posted by: Steve at February 11, 2004 08:34 AM

Wow this is awesome. Somebody should open a really hectic trance club in this space...I'm thinking something along the lines of that club in the movie 'Blade'. Heavy strobe lighting, the industrial feel...would be a venue of note.

Posted by: Jonathan at February 12, 2004 06:30 AM

creepy. deserted. i especially like the "live" shot. very nice pieces of work you've got here. i'll be back...

Posted by: fredrik at February 12, 2004 04:49 PM

I think there was once a bar in the 50th Street subway station, but it's long gone now.

Turning one of the abandoned IRT stations into a bar or club would be brilliant. 18th Street, say?

Posted by: Mike at February 13, 2004 12:13 AM

Siberia used to be located in the 50th St. (1/9) station.

Posted by: Andrew at February 13, 2004 12:52 PM

i'm surprised no one pointed out the most famous fact about the lower level at bergen street- it was used to film one of the scariest scenes in "jacob's ladder". in the scene, the main character is trapped in the subway in that very station, and is almost hit by a train trying to escape. growing up in park slope, the g train used to stop at the bergen street lower level, so i've been down there a bunch of times, but it's been closed for about ten years.

Posted by: jake at February 14, 2004 10:42 PM

Antonia, I was about to ask the same question. Initially I thought it was Iraq after a bomb attack.

Posted by: bayibhyap at February 15, 2004 08:34 AM

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Posted by: ariel at February 17, 2004 09:56 AM

Wow! These are great!

Posted by: amy at February 17, 2004 04:48 PM

i believe that bergen street is going to get solid state interlocking equipment as part of a test program that coincides with the canarsie line's CBTC upgrade.

Posted by: Eric at March 4, 2004 12:10 AM

Actually, a line superintendent told me one possibility is the F going express from jay st. to church and the G being extended to terminate at church. (I'm a subway motorman)

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Posted by: Dermaux Sarre at January 9, 2005 08:37 AM

very nice, i've posted one of ur pictures on my blog.
tks very much.

Posted by: alex at January 11, 2005 10:50 AM

The weirdest thing I've seen at the Bergen St. station was several years ago while waiting for the train upstairs some police came out of the door leading to the lower level with several "perps" in tow all handcuffed AND handcuffed to one another. Always wondered what that was all about!

Posted by: Richard at January 30, 2005 02:44 PM

I was there in 2001, good times. i see a senz outline creeping in on of your photos.

Posted by: JEDI5 at April 4, 2005 07:14 PM

For awhile in 1992 when the upper Bergen station was undergoing remodeling the F & G trains used the lower station. I would like an express F to be operated again.

Posted by: Harold at May 14, 2005 08:19 PM

yo this site is crazy this looks like something out of a war movie i swear im young and i be going into some crazy places and i want to get in there good job how did u get in em places


p.s that graffiti is crazy in the other pics

Posted by: ray at July 9, 2005 11:42 AM

awesome. when do you suppose that WNYC ad is from?


I always look with curiosity when I see the double doors leading down to the lower platform. Sometimes they've been open.

Posted by: john at December 1, 2005 10:36 PM

What a travesty. Bergan St. had its original IND tiles and lighting for decades.... I rode through there years back. Then the TA with its bureaucratic mindset took it all off, down to bare concrete walls....
Why????? It made no @#$% sense - the tile wasn't bothering anyone - it was not necessary to clean it. And in doing this, they made the place like a damn bunker and just ugli-fied it.... how stupid!!!! What a travesty...!!!!!!!!!!
-74th St. guy.........

Posted by: 74th & Roozy at April 13, 2006 08:11 PM

These pics are crazy....I've gone in a tunnel once without being caught, how do you do it??

Posted by: Derrick at July 11, 2006 11:47 AM

These pictures are AWESOME and I live immediately above this station. Can you send me bigger versions of these pictures? They would be really cool to hang up in the apartment.

Posted by: todd at January 10, 2007 08:42 PM

I live on the Bergen Station line and I feel as if they should definitely fix the lower level. They can cry and boo hoo and say that there isn't enough money, but I honestly do not believe that. Any who, I wish there was a way that the residents of Cobble Hill could fight to get this fixed.

Posted by: Emprice-Sario at December 1, 2008 12:38 AM

yes send the V this way.

Posted by: bococa lady at January 23, 2009 09:23 PM

Mta Cuvler Viaduct Construction Project between Jay Street and Church Avenue G Train Extended Church Avenue Repair Express Track until 2012

Posted by: Sergio Fernandez at June 5, 2010 12:39 AM

Mta Culver Viaduct Construction Project between Jay Street and Church Avenue G Train Extended to Church Avenue 2009-2012 completed in 2012 bergen street lower lever fix the station so the F Trains Can Have Express Service between Church Avenue and Jay Street

Posted by: Jay Walder at June 18, 2010 03:52 PM

Quick Story: Communting to Manhattan around 1992 from Park Slope. Due to "congestion ahead", F train delayed at Bergen Street for an hour. I listen closely and I can hear trains passing us by underneath. I led about 6 brave souls downstairs and sure enough, here comes the F train. We waved to the train operator as he entered the station, the F train stopped and we boarded the train (my shoes were filthy!). Passengers staring at us with bewilderment. I actually "beat the transit system!"

Posted by: Tommy C. at April 27, 2011 01:50 PM

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