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Photos of Sixth Avenue Underground Passageway


Last week, we brought you images and some basic info on the Gimbels passageway between Herald Square and Penn Station. In response, we received several comments about the Sixth Avenue underground passageway from Bryant Park to 34th St. If Sixth Ave and Gimbels are reopened it will be possible to walk underground from Bryant Park to Penn Station – and eventually all the way to the Hudson Yards development. One reader said:

”The pedestrian tunnel under Sixth Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets was closed to the public after a couple of murders were committed there. When the Sixth Avenue subway was built, the tracks had to be fairly deep below the street surface in order to pass under existing subway lines (42nd Street Shuttle and BMT Broadway subway). Rather than spending the money to backfill the excavation, the space was left open and the walkway built above the track level. There were intermediate stairways to the street at 36th and 38th Streets - now all sealed. It used to be possible to walk underground from Bryant Park all the way to 8th Avenue and 31st Street - I did it many times, especially on rainy days. When the subway station at 6th Avenue and 34th Street was rehabilitated a few years ago, the turnstiles/ fare controls were relocated blocking the free access route. They would have to be shifted again, at considerable expense, to create a clear passageway outside the fare controls should the walkway up to Bryant Park be reopened.”

Judging from some recent photos it looks like MTA uses the Sixth Avenue passageway to store sandbags, old signs, filing cabinets, benches, etc. It appears to be in decent shape. Any info on MTA’s plans?

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Re: 6th Ave tunnel

Yes, I've always wondered about this tunnel. The entrance doors to the tunnel is right next to the token booth at the 35th Street entrance in the Herald Sq station. On the East exit, there is a sign that says "BMT, 34th Street, Penn Station". If you ever walk on the East entrance of the Herald Sq station, you can def walk free from the Gap/34th Street to 35th Street / 6th. This is most likely part of the pathway. I doubt this pathway would be anything more than storage for the MTA. If connected and with Durst's plans for the BofA tower, you could potentially walk from 31st / 8th Ave to Herald Sq continue to Bryant Park and then with the new durst pathway, walk to Times Sq station and all the way back over to the 8th Ave / 42nd Street exit. Amazing. Wish it would come to life, would certainly help eliminate pedestrian traffic street level and separate the tourists from the office workers...