79th Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)

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79th Street
NYCS 1 NYCS 2
New York City Subway rapid transit station
79th Street IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue 8.JPG
Downtown platform
Station statistics
Address West 79th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10024
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side
Coordinates 40°47′02″N 73°58′48″W / 40.784°N 73.980°W / 40.784; -73.980Coordinates: 40°47′02″N 73°58′48″W / 40.784°N 73.980°W / 40.784; -73.980
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 late nights (late nights)
Connection NYCT Bus: M79, M104
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 109 years ago (1904-10-27)[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 5,438,078[2] Increase 2.7%
Rank 80 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 86th Street: 1 all times 2 late nights
Next south 72nd Street: 1 all times 2 late nights

79th Street Subway Station (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 04001018[3]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004

79th Street is a local station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 79th Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it is served by the 1 train at all times and 2 train during late nights.

History[edit]

79th Street opened as part of the original subway on October 27, 1904, with service from Brooklyn Bridge to 145th Street. Subsequent extensions changed this routing to trains running down the entirety of the West Side of Manhattan with branches to Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Bronx.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS 1 toward Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street (NYCS 2 toward 241st Street late nights) (86th Street)
Northbound express NYCS 2 NYCS 3 do not stop here
Southbound express NYCS 2 NYCS 3 do not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS 1 toward South Ferry (NYCS 2 toward Brooklyn College late nights) (72nd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Like other local stations, 79th Street has four tracks and two side platforms. The two express tracks are used by the 2 train during daytime hours and the 3 at all times. At this point on the line, the center express tracks are slightly lower than the local tracks, particularly at the north end.

All fare control areas are on platform level and there are no crossovers or crossunders. The southbound platform is fully staffed, containing a turnstile bank, token booth, staircase going up to the northwest corner of West 79th Street and Broadway, and passageway separated from the platform by a steel fence leading to a staircase that goes up to the southwest corner of the aforementioned intersection. This passageway has a High Entry-Exit Turnstile to the platform and was added after the station's opening as proven by its cinder block tiles.

The northbound platform's fare control is unstaffed, containing a turnstile bank, now-closed customer assistance booth, staircase going up to the southeast corner of West 79th Street and Broadway, and passageway separated from the platform by a steel fence leading to a staircase that goes up to the northeast corner of the aforementioned intersection. This passageway has a High Exit-Only Turnstile to the platform and was also added after the station's opening.

Design and artwork[edit]

Both platforms have cream-colored tiles and a pink trim line with "79TH ST" written on it in black sans serif font at regular intervals. These tilings were installed during a 1970s renovation that covered most of the original mosaics and cartouches. Some of these as well as the decorated ceiling beams can still be seen by the fare control areas.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to 79th Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons