18th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
18th Street station shortly after construction
|Address||East 18th Street & Park Avenue South
New York, NY
|Line||IRT Lexington Avenue Line|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||October 27, 1904 |
|Closed||November 8, 1948 |
|Next north||23rd Street|
|Next south||14th Street – Union Square|
The station was opened from 1904 to 1948, when it was closed because of platform lengthening at 23rd Street, and the opening of an entrance at 22nd Street. The stations are close enough that it is possible to see the lights of 14th Street – Union Square down the tracks from the two side platforms of this station. The two platforms are as built and only 5 cars in length.
The station's ceiling was originally fitted with glass in order to let natural light in. It has green faience plaques and mosaic name tablets by Heins & LaFarge / Grueby Faience Company from 1904. The ceiling was also decorated with ornamental motifs.
The station is no longer accessible from the street, but its graffiti-covered walls can be seen through the windows of any Lexington Avenue local train, as well as from express trains if no local train blocks the view.
|Side platform, not in service|
|Northbound local||← ( late nights) do not stop here (23rd Street)|
|Northbound express||← do not stop here|
|Southbound express||→ do not stop here →|
|Southbound local||→ ( late nights) do not stop here (14th Street – Union Square) →|
- "Our Subway Open, 150,000 Try It". The New York Times. October 28, 1904. p. 1. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
- "IRT STATION TO BE CLOSED; East Side Subway Trains to End Stops at 18th Street". The New York Times. November 6, 1948. p. 29. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
Media related to 18th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org—IRT East Side Line: 18th Street
- Abandoned Stations – 18 Street
- Forgotten NY – Original 28 – NYC's First 28 Subway Stations
- Forgotten NY: Subways and Trains – Dead at 18