181st Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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181st Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Ny subway A181 uptown platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address West 181st Street & Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10033
Borough Manhattan
Locale Washington Heights, Hudson Heights
Coordinates 40°51′03″N 73°56′18″W / 40.850891°N 73.938289°W / 40.850891; -73.938289Coordinates: 40°51′03″N 73°56′18″W / 40.850891°N 73.938289°W / 40.850891; -73.938289
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932; 82 years ago (1932-09-10)[1]
Other entrances/
Fort Washington Avenue & 181st St, Overlook Terrace & 184th St, east side of Fort Washington Avenue
Passengers (2014) 3,456,161[2]Increase 4.4%
Rank 149 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 190th Street: A all times
Next south 175th Street: A all times

181st Street Subway Station (IND)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 05000233[3]
Added to NRHP March 30, 2005

181st Street is a station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It is located on Fort Washington Avenue and 181st Street, one of the main shopping districts of the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Washington Heights, and served by the A train at all times.

This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932, has two tracks and two side platforms and is deep below the surface due to the area's hills. In fact, the highest natural point on Manhattan is in Bennett Park, adjacent to the station exit on Fort Washington Avenue between West 183rd and 185th Streets (there is no West 184th Street there).

Because of the station's depth, escalators lead to 181st Street at the south end, and elevators at the north end of the station carry passengers to the Bennett Park exit. The elevators can be used by pedestrians going between Overlook Terrace and Fort Washington Avenue without paying a fare; a similar situation exists at 190th Street, the next station uptown, as well as at 191st Street, on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
(Elevator at Bennett Park exit. Note: Platforms are not accessible)
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines, tunnel to Overlook Terrace at north end
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS A toward Inwood – 207th Street (190th Street)
Southbound NYCS A toward Lefferts Boulevard, Far Rockaway, or Rockaway Park (175th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
  • Exit at Overlook Terrace and West 184th Street
  • Exit at Fort Washington Avenue across from Bennett Park, between West 183rd and 185th Streets
  • Exit at Fort Washington Avenue at 181st Street

In popular culture[edit]

  • The station is mentioned in the title song of the Broadway musical In the Heights, where Usnavi says to take the A train "even farther than Harlem to Northern Manhattan and maintain, get off at 181st and take the escalator. I hope you're writing this down I'm gonna test ya later".
  • On September 13, 1980, aspiring pianist Eric Kaminsky was robbed and stabbed to death in the station. His murder became the basis for his mother's book The Victim's Song.[4]




  1. ^ "List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line", The New York Times (September 10, 1932), p.6
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  3. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kaminsky, Alice. The Victim's Song. Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1985. ISBN 0879752920.

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