Bowery (BMT Nassau Street Line)
|Address||Bowery & Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002
|Locale||Lower East Side|
|Line||BMT Nassau Street Line|
|Services||J (all times)
Z (rush hours, peak direction)
|Platforms||2 island platforms (1 in regular service)|
|Tracks||3 (2 in regular service)|
|Opened||August 4, 1913|
|Passengers (2013)||970,576 0.2%|
|Rank||363 out of 421|
Bowery is a station on the BMT Nassau Street Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Bowery and Delancey Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, it is served by the J train at all times and the Z train during rush hours in peak direction.
Construction of this underground station began in August 1907 and was almost completed by the end of 1910. However, the BMT Nassau Street Line to the south did not open until August 4, 1913 when Chambers Street was ready for service.
The station has three tracks and two island platforms. It was originally configured like a typical express station with express service on the inner tracks and local service on the outer tracks. When it was built, the station was an important connection point for elevated and streetcar lines. With those lines long-gone, a four-track station was no longer considered necessary. A renovation of the Nassau Street Line, completed in October 2004, resulted in the former northbound platform being sealed off with service in both directions now provided on the former southbound platform (northbound trains use the former southbound express track). On the abandoned side, only the outer track remains.
The station has two mezzanine areas on each side of Bowery. One part of the station has a high ceiling which was built for a proposed subway to pass through it. There is also a "Future Doorway" at this station where an opening could be made to the never-built subway station if it had side platforms. At the curve between Bowery and Canal Street, there is a small provision for a line into Spring Street, for which no definite plan was ever provided. Due to the depth, there were escalators that were provided in the original construction, one on each platform running to the east mezzanine. The escalator on the south platform was either not installed or removed long ago.
The station has a high ceiling at the north and south ends. Mosaics include the name tablet, "B," "newsstand," "Women," and "Men" in raised letters. The news-stand, restrooms, mezzanine, and its stairways at the south end have long been closed. The north mezzanine is reached via three flights of stairs or an escalator from the downtown platform. A unique feature of the station is the arched wall niches at the north end, rather than the standard rectangular niches.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Southbound||← toward Chambers Street or Broad Street (Canal Street)
← toward Broad Street (Canal Street)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Northbound||→ toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (Essex Street) →|
|Former northbound||→ Trackbed|
|Island platform, not in service|
|Northbound||← No regular service|