One ShotsSubways & Trains SUBWAY JAIL by Kevin Walsh September 24, 2012 September 24, 2012 Though the East Willie and north Bushwick have started to attract the cognoscenti, a good old fashioned ghetto ambience still holds sway in the subway stations, like this barred subway exit at Morgan Avenue that looks straight out of Franz Kafka. BrooklynBushwick 12 comments FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedin previous post ONE WAY in Bushwick next post SMILE 12 comments TJ September 24, 2012 - 5:11 pm The wanted poster on the left gives it a real jail vibe. Reply websteward September 24, 2012 - 6:55 pm The guy on the wanted poster probably lives down those stairs. Reply Joe Fliel September 25, 2012 - 6:02 am Great photo, Kevin. That “Wanted” poster on the right is the icing on the cake. Reply Hart Sastrowardoyo September 25, 2012 - 1:23 pm The wanted poster next to it just adds to the ambiance. Reply Bruce September 25, 2012 - 1:50 pm This is only one of many closed off passages in the subway system. At one time, there was an open passage from the south side of the IND 6th Ave 42 St station that ran to the north end of the 34th St station. I remember that there also used to be a passage from the same 34th St station that ran through to Penn Station. These two passages have been closed off behind tiles and are no longer visible. Reply Mitch September 27, 2012 - 10:37 am Many of these passages have been walled up and covered by tiles. Its always interesting to see one get uncovered – like opening King Tut’s Tomb. Reply Tom October 2, 2012 - 10:13 pm We used that Penn Station walkway in the early 1970’s. Think it ran under 32 St?? Not too wide, maybe 6′. Never wanted to use it again, too creepy for a kid. Reply Dan October 3, 2012 - 2:21 pm I used that passageway between 6th and 8th Avenue only once in 1979. It was narrow and creepy as you say, even for an adult. In the middle was a tough looking transit cop. That passageway closed in the early 1980s. Reply Howie October 7, 2012 - 7:48 pm That subway tunnel under 32 street did indeed exist and as an earlier reply mentioned reeked of urine.But on a rainy day you could get from 8th ave abd 31 street all the way to 40th and 6th underground and without getting wet. The 6th avenue part was a very wide walkway probably a part of the IND mezzanine design while the crosstown part was much narrower and darker. I am guessing they were built in different eras. The crosstown passageway had “exits for Gimbels and the hotel Pennsylvania as per this story from the Post http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/remembering_the_gimbels_tunnel_3SN7c8HSVMMdICpXMVJFiN Reply somebody October 13, 2012 - 2:15 pm I think that the 34th Street- 42 Street passageway may reopen sometime. I remember hearing that Vornado may expand its retail space into there. Cookie Pus September 25, 2012 - 10:58 pm Wow… If you breath deep enough, you can smell the urine through your computer screen. Reply Mitch September 27, 2012 - 10:36 am I think the MTA is working on reopening another long shuttered entrance/exit to the Jay Street/Metrotech complex. The metal gates covering an entrance on Smith Street near the corner of Fulton Mall was recent opened and it appears that work is going on down the stairs. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.