191st St., 1, Manhattan
You’ll have to travel deep underground to find what’s cool here. And we mean deep: at nearly 200 feet down, this station is farther below street level than any other in the City. The payoff: bright street art in a tunnel that connects the station to Broadway.
Smith/9th Sts., F, G, Brooklyn
Van Cortlandt Park/242nd St., 1, Bronx
The unusual architecture of this Victorian Gothic station extends from the red control house to the ornamented stairs to the low-slung crew quarters (pictured here). It was designed by Heins and LaFarge, the firm behind St. John the Divine as well as the entranceway at the 72nd Street 1 stop.
Queensboro Plaza, N, W, 7, Queens
From this windswept platform at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge, you can see the Manhattan skyline—especially stunning at sunset. Also visible is the Silvercup Studios sign, which marks the location of the soundstages where TV shows Elementary and Girls were filmed.
81st St./Museum of Natural History, B, C, Manhattan
E. 180th St., 2, 5, Bronx
World Trade Center, E, Manhattan
The Port Authority has preserved the glass doors and a section of travertine hallway from the original World Trade Center that connected its concourse to the subway; they now mark an entrance to the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Note the spray paint that a search and rescue team made after 9/11.
Forest Hills, LIRR, Queens
This station’s design mirrors the Tudor architecture of its eponymous neighborhood. Not a subway stop but a depot for the Long Island Railroad, its redbrick square looks relatively unchanged since Teddy Roosevelt spoke here in 1917, just a few years after it was completed.
Fulton Center, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C, Manhattan
Lorimer St., J, M, Z, Brooklyn
This outdoor station features stained-glass designs by painter Annette Davidek. The series of colorful windows superimposes botanical forms onto the buildings in the distance. Bonus: the trains run over the Williamsburg Bridge, offering a view of the Manhattan skyline.
161st St./Yankee Stadium, B, D, 4, Bronx
15 Subway Stations Worth a Stop
New York City’s subway system comprises 472 stations. The oldest, at City Hall, dates back to 1904, while the three new stops on the Second Avenue line opened at the start of 2017. Some depots offer more than just function: they’re adorned with innovative art, afford killer views or were designed with the kind of architectural vision typically reserved for, say, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (that’s no coincidence). Take a look at 15 of our favorites across the boroughs.