42nd Street – Bryant Park / Fifth Avenue (New York City Subway)

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42nd Street – Bryant Park / Fifth Avenue
NYCS 7 NYCS 7d NYCS B NYCS D NYCS F NYCS M
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
42nd Street - Bryant Pk Stair.JPG
An entrance to the IND station.
Station statistics
Address West 42nd Street between Fifth Avenue & Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates 40°45′17″N 73°59′03″W / 40.754799°N 73.984208°W / 40.754799; -73.984208Coordinates: 40°45′17″N 73°59′03″W / 40.754799°N 73.984208°W / 40.754799; -73.984208
Division A (IRT), B (IND)
Line       IND Sixth Avenue Line
      IRT Flushing Line
Services       7 all times (all times) <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction (rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      D all times (all times)
      F all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
Connection
  • New York City Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7, M42, Q32, X17, X22, X30, X31
  • MTA Bus: BxM2, QM1, QM2, QM3, QM4, QM5, QM6, QM20
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 15,527,439 (station complex)[1] Increase 4.1%
Rank 17 out of 421

42nd Street – Bryant Park / Fifth Avenue is an underground New York City Subway station complex, consisting of stations on the IRT Flushing Line and IND Sixth Avenue Line, formerly without direct connection, now connected by a pedestrian tunnel. Located at 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan, it is served by the:

  • 7, D, and F trains at all times
  • B and M trains on weekdays
  • <7> train on weekdays in the peak direction

Free transfers between the two stations were in effect from December 16, 1967, until 1968, by providing paper tickets to passengers, who would exit one station and follow the sidewalk in order to enter the other. The tunnel now permits leaving a train in one station and walking underground to one in the other, and takes away the need for transfer tickets. The entire station complex was fully renovated in 1998. The southwest entrance is scheduled for renovation including installing an elevator from November 2013 to July 2014.[citation needed]


Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, transfer passageway between platforms
(Elevator at NW corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. Note: Platform levels are not accessible)
B2 Southbound local NYCS F toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Culver (34th Street – Herald Square)
NYCS M toward Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue (34th Street – Herald Square)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound express NYCS B toward Brighton Beach (34th Street – Herald Square)
NYCS D toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via West End (34th Street – Herald Square)
Northbound express NYCS B toward Bedford Park Boulevard or 145th Street (47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center)
NYCS D toward Norwood – 205th Street (47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound local NYCS F toward Jamaica – 179th Street (47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center)
NYCS M toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center)
B3 Southbound NYCS 7 NYCS 7d toward Times Square (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound NYCS 7 NYCS 7d toward Flushing – Main Street (Grand Central – 42nd Street)


IRT Flushing Line platform[edit]

Fifth Avenue
NYCS 7 NYCS 7d
New York City Subway rapid transit station
42nd Street-5th Avenue Entrance.JPG
Entrance to the IRT section of the complex
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Flushing Line
Services       7 all times (all times) <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction (rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened March 22, 1926; 88 years ago (1926-03-22)
Former/other names Fifth Avenue – Bryant Park
Station succession
Next north Grand Central: 7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction
Next south Times Square: 7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction

Fifth Avenue (formerly Fifth Avenue – Bryant Park) on the IRT Flushing Line, opened on March 22, 1926, has two tracks and one island platform. The platform walls have a mosaic golden trimline with "5" tablets at regular intervals along it.

The station has a full length mezzanine directly above the platform and tracks. The full-time fare control is at the east end. A single stair on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in front of the New York Public Library goes down to an area that has a full-time token booth and turnstile bank that leads to several staircases down to the platform. Towards the west end, the mezzanine splits in two with one portion becoming a down hill ramp where there is another staircases up from the platform before leading to the passageway to the IND Sixth Avenue Line. The portion of the mezzanine that curves up leads to some HEET turnstiles and a small fare control area. The two adjacent street stairs here have elaborate ironwork and go up to the south side 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue on the northern edge of Bryant Park.

The 2002 artwork here is called Under Bryant Park by Samm Kuce. It is located in the transfer passageway and consists of glass mosiac and etched granite depicting roots of trees with various literacy quotes.

The Fifth Avenue station is the first within the Subway system to receive a vending machine that dispenses make up and other retail products. It is part of a pilot program to increase retail activity within the MTA system, and it capitalizes on a new trend in vending machine development.[2]

Platform overview


IND Sixth Avenue Line platforms[edit]

42nd Street – Bryant Park
NYCS B NYCS D NYCS F NYCS M
New York City Subway rapid transit station
42nd Street-Bryant Pk platform.JPG
Station statistics
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services       B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      D all times (all times)
      F all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened December 15, 1940; 73 years ago (1940-12-15)
Station succession
Next north 47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. D all times F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south 34th Street – Herald Square: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. D all times F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.

42nd Street – Bryant Park, opened on December 15, 1940, on the IND Sixth Avenue Line is an express station, with four tracks and two island platforms. B and D trains stop at the inner express tracks while F and M trains stop at the outer local tracks.

Both outer track walls have a scarlet red trim line with a chocolate brown border and small white "42" signs on a black background below them at regular intervals. Red i-beam columns run along both sides of both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering. Some of the columns between the express tracks have black "42" signs on a white background.

This station has a full length mezzanine above the platforms and tracks. It originally extended south from 42nd Street to the 34th Street – Herald Square station, with additional entrances at 38th Street. The passageway was long, dim, and lightly traveled, and it was finally closed in 1991 after a series of rapes took place there.[3] It is now used for storage. The mezzanine has a florist, and orange I-beam columns and lit-up ads and space rentals along the walls.

On either ends of the mezzanine is a fare control area. The full-time side is at the north end. This is where the passageway to the IRT Flushing Line is. Two staircases from each platform go up to a turnstile bank, where outside there is a token booth, one staircase going up to the southwest corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, and a passageway through some abandoned ticket counters under 1095 Avenue of the Americas that lead to a staircase that goes up to the building's pedestrian plaza.

On the south end of the mezzanine, two staircases from each platform go up to an unstaffed bank of regular and HEET turnstiles. Outside fare control, there are four staircases going up to all corners of 40th Street and Sixth Avenue with the northwest one being built inside a building.

This station has another fare control area at its extreme north end. A staircase from each platform go up to a mezzanine, where a bank of regular and HEET turnstiles provide access to/from the station. Outside fare control, there is a Customer Assistance Booth and a staircase built inside 1100 Avenue of the Americas (HBO headquarters) that goes up to the northeast corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. Two modern, glass-enclosed staircases, and one elevator go up to the northwest corner of this intersection outside of the Bank of America building. However, because there are no elevators from the mezzanine to the platforms, the platforms themselves are not ADA-accessible.

South of this station, there are three sets of crossovers, allowing trains to switch between all four tracks. Those switches are not currently used in revenue service and are only used during train reroutes.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ "MTA Pilots Virtual Retail in Subway". 
  3. ^ Subway Path Boarded Shut After a Rape

External links[edit]

Media related to 42nd Street – Bryant Park / Fifth Avenue (New York City Subway) at Wikimedia Commons