The body of the woman was discoverd curled up in a fetal position in between the rails at the Canal Street No. 1 train stop on Sunday morning.
She was wearing leather pants and high heels, as if she'd been out clubbing.
The woman was identified as 22-year-old Emily Singleton, an NYU theater student living in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
She was a minister's daughter, from Pennsylvania, who came to New York hoping to make it big on Broadway.
Singleton left McKenna's Pub at around midnight Sunday and swiped her MetroCard at the No. 1 train station at West 14th and 7th Avenue at around 1:30 a.m.
Sources say she got off the train at the Canal Street station, where police believe she accidentally fell onto the tracks and died. She wasn't discovered until more than 12 hours later.
It is believed that the reason it took so long for someone to notice her was because her body was covered in soot left on her by passing trains.