Astor Place (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

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Astor Place
NYCS 4 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Astor Place IRT 014.JPG
Downtown platform
Station statistics
Address Astor Place & Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
Borough Manhattan
Locale NoHo / East Village
Coordinates 40°43′47″N 73°59′30″W / 40.72972°N 73.99167°W / 40.72972; -73.99167Coordinates: 40°43′47″N 73°59′30″W / 40.72972°N 73.99167°W / 40.72972; -73.99167
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Services       4 late nights (late nights)
      6 all times (all times) <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
Connection NYCT Bus: M1, M2, M3, M8
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904 (109 years ago) (1904-10-27)[1]
Former/other names Astor Place – Cooper Union
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 5,775,276[2] Increase 4.3%
Rank 75 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 14th Street – Union Square: 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south

Bleecker Street: 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

Astor Place Subway Station (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 04001013[3]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004

Astor Place, also called Astor Place – Cooper Union on signs, is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Completed in 1904, it is one of the original twenty-eight stations in the system. The station is on the List of Registered Historic Places in New York.

Located at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Astor Place between the East Village and NoHo, it is served by the 6 train at all times, the <6> train during weekday in peak direction and by the 4 train during late nights. The original plans for the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad (now PATH) included a spur along Ninth Street to this station.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS 6 NYCS 6d toward Pelham Bay Park (NYCS 6 toward Parkchester rush hours and middays) (14th Street – Union Square)
NYCS 4 toward Woodlawn late nights (14th Street – Union Square)
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 toward Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall (NYCS 4 toward New Lots Avenue late nights) (Bleecker Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Reproduction of old IRT kiosk

Astor Place is a local station with four tracks and two side platforms. The fare control is at platform level, and the underpass connecting northbound and southbound sides was removed in the 1980s. The northbound platform contains a news and candy stand, which replaced the original public women's lavatory. On the southbound side, the station has a department store entrance into a K-Mart. This store was originally constructed in 1868 as an A. T. Stewart. It had changed ownership and was a Wanamaker's when the station was constructed. The heavy brick-faced square columns on the downtown platform support the store above. The northern building of Wanamaker's store, but not the southern building above, burned in the 1950s. Octagonal windows on the brick wall of the platform were the store's showcases.

Plaques of beavers are located on the walls, in honor of John Jacob Astor's fortune derived from the beaver-pelt trade. The plaques, as well as name tablets, were made by the Grueby Faience Company in 1904. The station also has untitled porcelain on steel murals, made by Cooper Union alumnus Milton Glaser in 1986. During the renovation, the magnificent maroon and gold tile Cooper Union signs underneath the tile Astor Place signs were destroyed.[4] Black and white pillar signs read Astor Place on one pillar, then Cooper Union on the next.

The station underwent renovation in 1986. In addition to the famous glazed ceramic beaver plaques, new porcelain street artwork was installed. There is a reproduction of an IRT entry kiosk on the street level over the northbound entrance. There was an underpass between the uptown and downtown sides, but it was closed and covered up in the 1980s renovation. The access hatch to the underpass is visible behind the northbound token booth inside the fare control area.

Points of interest[edit]

The station itself is a point of local interest as it is on the List of Registered Historic Places in New York. Several other sites of historical and cultural importance located near the station. New York University and Cooper Union are located nearby. Visitors to the Astor Place area often rotate the Alamo (sculpture) which is at street level above the tail end of the northbound platform. A tiled-up doorway, on southwest wall behind the southbound token booth, sports a lintel proclaiming "Clinton Hall". This doorway once led to the New York Mercantile Library in the former Astor Opera House.[5]

The Eighth Street – New York University station on the BMT Broadway Line is one block west of the station.

Image 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 December 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ "1982 Photo of Astor Place Signage". Cable (Cooper Union Yearbook). 1982. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ Clinton Hall at Astor Place (Forgotten New York)

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