125th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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For the demolished station actually at 125th Street and Eighth Avenue, see 125th Street (IRT Ninth Avenue Line).
125th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Street stair
Station statistics
Address West 125th Street & Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Borough Manhattan
Locale Harlem
Coordinates 40°48′39″N 73°57′10″W / 40.810756°N 73.952665°W / 40.810756; -73.952665Coordinates: 40°48′39″N 73°57′10″W / 40.810756°N 73.952665°W / 40.810756; -73.952665
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      D all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (81 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Passengers (2013) 8,932,680[2] Increase 6.2%
Rank 37 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 135th Street (local): A late nights B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights
145th Street (express): A all except late nights
145th Street (Concourse express): D all times
Next south 116th Street (local): A late nights B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights
59th Street – Columbus Circle (express): A all except late nights D all times

Next Handicapped/disabled access north 168th Street (via 8th): A all times C all except late nights
161st Street – Yankee Stadium (via Concourse): B rush hours until 7:00 p.m. D all except rush hours, peak direction
none: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. D rush hours, peak direction
Next Handicapped/disabled access south 59th Street – Columbus Circle: A all times B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights D all times

125th Street is an express station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan, it is served by the A and D trains at all times, by the C train at all times except late nights, and by the B train on weekdays.

The next express station to the south, 59th Street – Columbus Circle, is 3.35 miles (5.391 km) away with seven local stations in between. This is the longest distance between two express stops in the system.

Nearby landmarks and points of interest include the Apollo Theater and the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.


125th Street opened on September 10, 1932, along with the rest of the IND Eighth Avenue Line from Chambers Street to 207th Street.

The station was renovated in the 1980s, during which two stairs to each platform at the north end were removed and the platforms' original white floor tiling was replaced. Another renovation later made restored the closed staircases and made station ADA-accessible with the installation of elevators near the middle of the platforms.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agents, to exits
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator on SW corner of 125th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue)
Platform level
Northbound local NYCS B toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (135th Street)
NYCS C toward 168th Street (NYCS A toward 207th Street late nights) (135th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express NYCS A toward 207th Street (145th Street)
NYCS D toward Norwood – 205th Street (145th Street)
Southbound express NYCS A toward Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway all except nights, or Rockaway Park PM rush hours (59th Street – Columbus Circle)
NYCS D toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (59th Street – Columbus Circle)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local NYCS B toward Brighton Beach (116th Street)
NYCS C toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS A toward Far Rockaway late nights) (116th Street)

The station has four tracks and two island platforms. B and C local trains stop on the outer tracks while A and D express trains stop on the inner tracks. During late night hours, when neither the B nor C operates, the A makes local stops along Central Park West.

The outer track wall tiles have a green trim line with a black border with small "125" signs in white lettering on a black background beneath it. Both platforms have one line of green i-beam columns that run at regular intervals for their entire lengths except for a small sections at either ends. Every other column has the standard black station name plate in white lettering.

The station has a full length mezzanine above the tracks and platforms that connect both fare control areas at either ends. There are five staircases to each platform and large-scale photos of Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s. There is also evidence of two closed exit stairs going up to 126th Street, one on each side of the mezzanine. One of the staircases led directly into the basement of a business that existed at street level.

The full-time fare control area is at the south end of the mezzanine and has a turnstile bank, token booth, and four staircases going up to all four corners of 125th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue and one elevator to the southwest corner. The other fare control area at the north end is unstaffed, containing full height turnstiles and two staircases going up to either southern corners of 127th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue.


  1. ^ New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 

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