18th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

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18th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
18 Street IRT 001.png
18th Street station shortly after construction
Station statistics
Address East 18th Street & Park Avenue South
New York, NY
Borough Manhattan
Locale Gramercy
Coordinates 40°44′13″N 73°59′20″W / 40.737°N 73.989°W / 40.737; -73.989Coordinates: 40°44′13″N 73°59′20″W / 40.737°N 73.989°W / 40.737; -73.989
Line       IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Services None (abandoned)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904 (110 years ago) (1904-10-27)[1]
Closed November 8, 1948 (66 years ago) (1948-11-08)[2]
Station succession
Next north 23rd Street
Next south 14th Street – Union Square

18th Street was a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located on Park Avenue South and 18th Street.

History[edit]

Entrance area with ticket booth and control

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.[2] 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.

Station layout[edit]

G - Street level
P
Platform level
Side platform, not in service
Northbound local NYCS 6 NYCS 6d (NYCS 4 late nights) do not stop here (23rd Street)
Northbound express NYCS 4 NYCS 5 do not stop here
Southbound express NYCS 4 NYCS 5 do not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS 6 NYCS 6d (NYCS 4 late nights) do not stop here (14th Street – Union Square)
Side platform, not in service

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Subway Open, 150,000 Try It". The New York Times. October 28, 1904. p. 1. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "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. 

External links[edit]

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