50th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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50th Street
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E
New York City Subway rapid transit station
50th Street IND 8th Avenue Line 0630.JPG
Downtown platform on upper level
Station statistics
Address West 50th Street & Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Borough Manhattan
Locale Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates 40°45′44″N 73°59′10″W / 40.762276°N 73.986139°W / 40.762276; -73.986139Coordinates: 40°45′44″N 73°59′10″W / 40.762276°N 73.986139°W / 40.762276; -73.986139
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       A late nights (late nights)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      E all times (all times)
Connection
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 4 side platforms (2 on each level)
Tracks 6 (4 on upper level, 2 on lower level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932; 82 years ago (1932-09-10)[1] (upper level)
August 19, 1933; 81 years ago (1933-08-19) (lower level)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access (southbound only)
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 6,259,935[3] Increase 9.8%
Rank 67 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 59th Street – Columbus Circle (via 8th Avenue): A late nights C all except late nights
Seventh Avenue (Queens Boulevard): E all times
Next south 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal: A late nights C all except late nights E all times


Next Handicapped/disabled access north none; station is not accessible on the northbound platform.
(59th Street – Columbus Circle: A late nights C all except late nights)
(Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street: E all times)
Next Handicapped/disabled access south 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal: A late nights C all except late nights E all times

50th Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line and IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway, located at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator on north side of 49th Street west of Eighth Avenue for southbound trains only)
B2 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS C toward 168th Street (NYCS A toward 207th Street late nights) (59th Street)
Northbound express NYCS A does not stop here
Southbound express NYCS A does not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS C toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS A toward Far Rockaway late nights) (42nd Street – PABT)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B3 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound Queens Boulevard line NYCS E toward Jamaica Center (Seventh Avenue)
Wall
Southbound Queens Boulevard line NYCS E toward World Trade Center (42nd Street – PABT)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access

This station is a bi-level station. The upper level is fed by Eighth Avenue local trains from Central Park West—usually the C, except when it is replaced by the A during late nights. It has four tracks and two side platforms. The center express tracks carry Eighth Avenue express trains (the A) only during the day. Fare control is at platform level.

The lower level is fed by E trains from the Queens Boulevard Line at all times. It has two tracks and two side platforms, separated by a curtain wall. The northbound track of the lower level is fed by the northbound local and express tracks at 42nd Street. In the southbound direction, lower level trains may access either the Eighth Avenue local or express tracks; until recently, they also had the option of running to the abandoned lower level of 42nd Street. The two levels are offset, with the upper level running from 50th to 52nd Streets and the lower from 49th to 51st. Neither level has crossover or crossunder between directions, although level-to-level transfer in the same direction is possible.

The southbound side of 50th Street has an expanded mezzanine area, with exits to West 49th and West 50th Streets; it also has two ADA-accessible elevators (one from the street to the mezzanine, the other from the mezzanine to the upper- and lower-level platforms). This mezzanine was reconstructed during the construction of the Worldwide Plaza Complex. An untitled etched-granite piece of artwork by Matt Mulligan was installed on the downtown upper level platform in 1989 and features neighborhood life. Renovation, including addition of an elevator on the uptown side of the station, is planned for the current 2005–2009 MTA Capital Program and will reopen many closed stairways to the lower level. The downtown side has an escalator to the lower level and exits into a building façade. In contrast to the downtown platforms, the uptown platforms lack elevators and are not ADA-accessible. There are closed exits at 51st and 52nd Streets.

In popular culture[edit]

In the Nickelodeon series Taina (2001-2002), the main character of the same name in the theme song opening is seen exiting the station as well as some shots of a local train entering the station. Also during the show's five second break showed some shots of the station as passengers getting off, and an express train bypassing the station on the express track.

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ Wireless Service Arrives At 30 Additional Underground Subway Stations
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 

External links[edit]

Media related to 50th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons