1. Post #1
    Trope's Avatar
    April 2012
    16 Posts
    Alright guys, this is probably one of the most dangerous places to urbex: subway tunnels of NYC

    Now, i'm sure everyone has heard rumors (or have even seen) the small shanty towns the homeless sometimes build in abandoned area's of subway tunnels.

    Well, I heard one of the largest and most active "shanty town" is located at 135th St, Saint Nicholas Avenue station.
    And when I say shanty town, i hear this one is more like a fucking underground city.

    Allegedly there's food shops and stores established down there, a sight worth seeing.

    The last of the information about the locale is just this:
    Go off the platform and start walking down the tunnel for at least five hundred yards and keep looking on the right wall. (There should be a hole in the wall that will lead you there)


    This info seems really sketchy but i'm itching to see if this is real.

    My only fear really is being hit by a subway as i'm walking the tracks. I know the basics like keep off the 3rd raid, etc..
    but is there anyway to be sure when the tracks are active/inactive and how to evade a train if you hear it coming down the tunnel?
    I imagine the shanty isn't too hard to get to, as im sure they often have to come out and gather supplies (if the town even exists, that is)

    Sooo TL;DR: anyone else know of the alleged city underground in the 135th St. Saint Nicholas Avenue station?
    And anyone else have experience wandering active subway/train tunnels and can give pointers/precautions?

    Many thanks in advance guys

  2. Post #2
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    SPESSMEHREN's Avatar
    November 2009
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    someone browses /x/, I see.

    Edited:

    Honestly the story sounded bullshit to me, but if you really want to find out but don't want to go blindly running through underground tunnels to figure it out, try to find schematics of the subway system in question, or get them from the MTA. Figure out where the hole would be, and check the NYC assessor's database to see if any buildings in that area have inactive or condemned underground parking structures.

  3. Post #3
    Trope's Avatar
    April 2012
    16 Posts
    someone browses /x/, I see.

    Edited:

    Honestly the story sounded bullshit to me, but if you really want to find out but don't want to go blindly running through underground tunnels to figure it out, try to find schematics of the subway system in question, or get them from the MTA. Figure out where the hole would be, and check the NYC assessor's database to see if any buildings in that area have inactive or condemned underground parking structures.
    Haha yes, I did find out about it through that urbex thread on /x/

    I would think it was completely bullshitted, but i was just talking to a good friend of mine (he's a former navy vet, not one to lie) who said he's been down in other tunnels before with his friend who worked for MTA and saw similar town's to the one i just explained: they have discarded furniture, wooden awnings, books, and other shit they find arranged in a town almost.

    I know towns like this exist, im just not sure the specific town i mentioned exists.

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  5. Post #5
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    January 2012
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    For anyone who has not already seen this. The video covers the subway tunnels, dangers of getting hit, electrocuted, or getting your foot stuck between tracks when it shifts rails, etc. And hopping over a ledge to get down into the underground city. There used to be a whole hell of a lot more people down there, like 200. But maybe 20 or so definitely still live down there.
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    Trope's Avatar
    April 2012
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    For anyone who has not already seen this. The video covers the subway tunnels, dangers of getting hit, electrocuted, or getting your foot stuck between tracks when it shifts rails, etc. And hopping over a ledge to get down into the underground city. There used to be a whole hell of a lot more people down there, like 200. But maybe 20 or so definitely still live down there.
    already saw this whole thing, actually part of the reason I have this idea. I understand avoiding the 3rd rail, not getting caught, etc. but what if you're in a 1 lane tunnel with no space on either side of the tracks to stand while a train passes? are you just fucked then if you hear a train coming behind you?
    I'd like to believe every tunnel has some sort of safe area b/c workers are wandering them 24/7 but i'm not too sure.

    Also there's apparently a book called The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City by Jennifer Toth in which she explains her experiences and how she found an entire city with a mayor and shit.

    though, i think the "mole people" were most prevalent in the 80's and 90's before the MTA bought most of the tunnels and evicted the homeless. now I guess there's just scattered homeless people about but no more super "underground mole cities"

  7. Post #7
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    June 2007
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    already saw this whole thing, actually part of the reason I have this idea. I understand avoiding the 3rd rail, not getting caught, etc. but what if you're in a 1 lane tunnel with no space on either side of the tracks to stand while a train passes? are you just fucked then if you hear a train coming behind you?
    I'd like to believe every tunnel has some sort of safe area b/c workers are wandering them 24/7 but i'm not too sure.
    I've never even seen a subway train, so I'm not sure how far they go down. But, based solely on what I can see, there appears to be just enough space for someone skinny to squeeze all the way down in-between the wall and the track.