Underground Brooklyn: Exploring Brooklyn's Oldest Subway Stations

Sun Apr 14 2024 at 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm

German Doner Kebab | Brooklyn

New York Adventure Club
Publisher/HostNew York Adventure Club
Underground Brooklyn: Exploring Brooklyn's Oldest Subway Stations
New York Adventure Club | www.AdventureClub.com
About this Event

Have you ever wondered what original details still remain inside Brooklyn's oldest subway stations, or why there are so many abandoned platforms and stations? With the help of a former transit planner, it's time to head underground to uncover the past, present, and future of Brooklyn's mass transit in our region of 20+ million people.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the history and subway operations behind Brooklyn's most important transit landmarks, from the very first subterranean stations to the highest station in the Western hemisphere.

Led by licensed guide and urban planner Rayn Riel, our unique subterranean experience will include:

  • An overview of how and why the transit system was built underground at the beginning of the 20th century
  • The meaning behind the art and architecture surrounding some of Brooklyn's oldest subway stations
  • Transit secrets surrounding some of the older stations, including peeks at several abandoned stations and platforms hidden in plain sight
  • The reason why the highest rapid transit station in the Western hemisphere was built in Brooklyn
  • The opportunity to practice your moonwalk in the exact spot where Michael Jackson filmed the music video, Bad

Our experience will conclude at Barclays Center subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, steps away from local food options.

See you there!

*Since our tour starts outside, a MetroCard swipe or OMNY tap will be needed to enter the subway system

**Please bring water and comfortable shoes as we’ll be doing a lot of walking and stair-climbing

***This tour does not access any restricted areas

****This tour concludes at the Barclays Center subway station in Downtown Brooklyn

*****Exact route and tour length may vary slightly based on the MTA’s weekend schedule

About Rayn Riel

Rayn is a big believer in big cities and fascinated by the urban transportation infrastructure that supports such levels of density and dynamism. He is from NYC and has worked for MTA NYC Transit as well as the NYC water utility (DEP) & Sanitation Department. He is an AICP certified urban planner and is a licensed NYC tour guide, as well as a member of the Guides Association of NYC (GANYC) and Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT-NYC).


"Second tour w Rayin. He is the best. Patient, informed, solicitous and a delight to spend time." -Puerre

"The guide was well prepared, kept talking even on the short rides between stations" -Michael

"Learning about the history of the different subway lines. Felt like we went subway hopping! Very knowledgable tour guide. Showed great passion for the subway systems." -Brenda


Event takes place rain or shine.

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Categories: In-Person, Neighborhood Tours


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

German Doner Kebab, 261 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, United States


USD 32.00

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