14th Street / Sixth Avenue (New York City Subway)

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14th Street / Sixth Avenue
NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3 NYCS F NYCS L NYCS M
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
14th Street-7th Avenue Station entrance.JPG
Entrance looking west at 7th Avenue and 14th Street NW street stair
Station statistics
Address West 14th Street, Avenue of the Americas & Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Borough Manhattan
Locale Chelsea, Greenwich Village
Coordinates 40°44′14″N 73°59′48″W / 40.737328°N 73.996796°W / 40.737328; -73.996796Coordinates: 40°44′14″N 73°59′48″W / 40.737328°N 73.996796°W / 40.737328; -73.996796
Division A (IRT), B (BMT, IND)
Line IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
BMT Canarsie Line
IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 all times (all times)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
      F all times (all times)
      L all times (all times)
      M weekdays until midnight (weekdays until midnight)
Connection
Levels 3
Other information
Opened July 1, 1918; 96 years ago (1918-07-01) (Seventh Avenue Line platforms)
September 24, 1924; 89 years ago (1924-09-24) (Canarsie Line platform)
December 15, 1940; 73 years ago (1940-12-15) (Sixth Avenue Line platforms)
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 15,844,699 (complex)[1] Increase 2.4%
Rank 15 out of 421

14th Street / Sixth Avenue is an underground New York City Subway station complex in the Chelsea district of Manhattan on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line, the BMT Canarsie Line and the IND Sixth Avenue Line. It is served by the:

  • 1, 2, F, and L trains at all times
  • 3 train at all times except late nights
  • M train on weekdays

A connection is available from this complex to PATH at 14th Street.


IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line platforms[edit]

14th Street
NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3
New York City Subway rapid transit station
14th Street-IRT Platform.jpg
Uptown platform for local 1 (right) and express 2 and 3 trains
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 all times (all times)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 1, 1918; 96 years ago (1918-07-01)
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Station succession
Next north 18th Street (local): 1 all times 2 late nights
34th Street – Penn Station (express): 2 all except late nights 3 all except late nights
Next south Christopher Street – Sheridan Square (local): 1 all times 2 late nights
Chambers Street (express): 2 all except late nights 3 all except late nights

14th Street, opened on July 1, 1918, is an express station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line, consisting of four tracks and two island platforms. During daytime hours, 1 trains stop at the outer local tracks while 2 and 3 trains stop at the center express tracks. During late night hours, all service is on the local tracks.

Both side track walls have their original IRT mosaic trim line with "14" tablets on it at regular intervals. Both platforms have blue i-beam columns that run along both sides at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.

This station has three fare control areas. The full-time entrance is at the north end. A single staircase from each platform leads to a crossover that has a newsstand in the center, two now defunct restrooms above the southbound platforms and tracks (mosaic signs reading "MEN" and "WOMEN" remain intact), and two full height turnstiles above the northbound platform and tracks (one entry/exit and one exit-only) leading to a staircase that goes up to the southeast corner of 14th Street and Seventh Avenue. There is also a passageway leading to the BMT Canarsie platforms on Sixth Avenue, which in turn allows a free transfer to the IND Sixth Avenue Line platforms. The full-time turnstile bank at the center of the crossover opposite the newsstand leads to a mezzanine containing a token booth, three staircases going up to the either northern corners as well as the southwest corner of 14th Street and Seventh Avenue. There is also a now-closed passageway with directional mosaics that leads to 14th Street – Eighth Avenue; the passageway is no longer usable due to the location of the L platform's stairs at the location where the passageway used to be.

The station has an exit-only at the center. Two staircases from each platform go up to a crossover where on either side, a single exit-only turnstile and emergency gate leads to a staircase that goes up to either northern corners of 13th Street and Seventh Avenue.

The station has an unstaffed fare control area at the south end. A single staircase from each platform leads to a crossover and a bank of turnstiles as well as one exit-only and one full-height turnstile. The mezzanine has a now-unused customer assistance booth and two staircases going up to both northern corners of 12th Street and Seventh Avenue.


BMT Canarsie Line platform[edit]

Sixth Avenue
NYCS L
New York City Subway rapid transit station
6th Avenue BMT 001.JPG
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened September 21, 1924; 89 years ago (1924-09-21)
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Station succession
Next north Eighth Avenue: L all times
Next south Union Square: L all times
Mosaic tablet on track wall

Sixth Avenue on the BMT Canarsie Line opened on September 21, 1924, built approximately 40 feet below street level. This station has one island platform and two tracks.

Both track walls have their original mosaic trim line consisting of earthy tones of olive green, brown, ochre and tan augmented by light green and Copenhagen blue. "6" tablets representing "Sixth Avenue" run along the trim line at regular intervals.

The station has seven staircases going up from the platform. The two westernmost ones go up to a passageway that leads to the full-time fare control area the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line station. The next two go up to the extreme south end of either platform of the IND Sixth Avenue Line station.

The next two staircases go up to a mezzanine leading to fare control that has a powder blue and state blue trim line. A bank of three regular turnstiles and two high entry/exit turnstiles provide entrance/exit from the station and there is no token booth. Two staircases go up to either eastern corners of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue. Another unstaffed bank of turnstiles by the northeast staircase leads to the mezzanine above the Queens-bound platform of 14th Street on the IND.

The last staircase on the extreme east end of the platform leads to a storage area and ventilation room. Another staircase in this section has been removed.

The 1993 artwork here is called MTA Jewels by Jennifer Kotter. It consists of paintings of various subjects on the passageway leading to the IRT.

West of the station, a center lay-up track begins at a bumper block and is only accessible from the Eighth Avenue terminal. This station was the terminal for the BMT Canarsie Line until Eighth Avenue opened in 1931.

In popular culture[edit]

Starting roughly at the 27-minute mark in the 1977 film Joy, the title character, portrayed by Sharon Mitchell, enters the Sixth Avenue station, then boards a train car on which she seduces the only other passenger, a young man who had been reading a book titled How To Pickup Girls by T. R. Ames M.D.

IND Sixth Avenue Line platforms[edit]

14th Street
NYCS F NYCS M
New York City Subway rapid transit station
14th Street (IND Sixth Avenue Line) by David Shankbone.jpg
Musician playing on the southbound platform
Station statistics
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services       F all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened December 15, 1940; 73 years ago (1940-12-15)
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Station succession
Next north 23rd Street: F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south West Fourth Street – Washington Square: F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.

14th Street is a local station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line that opened on December 15, 1940, along with the rest of the IND Sixth Avenue Line from West Fourth Street – Washington Square to 47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center.

There are entrances at both 14th Street and 16th Street, with fare controls at both ends. The 14th Street entrance is shared with the PATH station of the same name, which has a separate fare control. There is a full length mezzanine over the platforms and tracks that is largely unused and dimly lit.[3]

This station has the appearance of two side platforms to the inside of the tracks. Both platforms have a green trim line on a darker green border and name tablets reading "14TH STREET" in white sans serif lettering on a dark green background and a lighter green border. Beneath the trim line and name tablets are small directional and number signs in white numbering on a black background.

Trains open their doors to the left in both directions, which is unusual for a side platformed station in New York City. Most side platforms in the system are to the outside of the tracks and thus trains open the doors to the right. The PATH tracks and platforms are on the other side of the platform walls and not visible from this station. This means that the stations would be a cross-platform interchange, but the walls separate the different services. Thus, the walls act as a fare control boundary between the two systems.[3]

The Sixth Avenue express tracks are at a lower level beneath the PATH tracks and thus not visible from this station either. The deep-bore tunnel's round shape becomes square below this station and at 23rd Street, where provisions for lower level platforms were built.


Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, transfers between services
B2
Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line platforms
Southbound local NYCS 1 toward South Ferry (NYCS 2 toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College late nights) (Christopher Street – Sheridan Square)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound express NYCS 2 toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (Chambers Street)
NYCS 3 toward New Lots Avenue (Chambers Street)
Northbound express NYCS 2 toward Wakefield – 241st Street (34th Street – Penn Station)
NYCS 3 toward Harlem – 148th Street (34th Street – Penn Station)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound local NYCS 1 toward Van Cortlandt Park (NYCS 2 toward 241st Street late nights) (18th Street)
B2
Sixth Avenue Line/PATH platforms
Southbound local NYCS F toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (West Fourth Street – Washington Square)
NYCS M toward Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue (West Fourth Street – Washington Square)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound PATH      HOB–33 toward Hoboken Terminal (9th Street)
     JSQ–33 toward Journal Square (9th Street)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward Journal Square (9th Street)
Northbound PATH      HOB–33 toward 33rd Street (23rd Street)
     JSQ–33 toward 33rd Street (23rd Street)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward 33rd Street (23rd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound local NYCS F toward Jamaica – 179th Street (23rd Street)
NYCS M toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (23rd Street)
B3
Canarsie Line platforms
Northbound NYCS L toward Eighth Avenue (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound NYCS L toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Union Square)
B4 Southbound express NYCS B NYCS D do not stop here
Northbound express NYCS B NYCS D do not stop here →

Notes:


Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b c Wireless Service Arrives At 30 Additional Underground Subway Stations
  3. ^ a b c nycsubway.org—IND 6th Avenue: 23rd Street

External links[edit]

Media related to 14th Street / Sixth Avenue (New York City Subway) at Wikimedia Commons