East Broadway (IND Sixth Avenue Line)

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East Broadway
New York City Subway rapid transit station
East Broadway IND st jeh.JPG
Stair at southeast corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street
Station statistics
Address East Broadway & Rutgers Street
New York, NY 10002
Borough Manhattan
Locale Lower East Side
Coordinates 40°42′51″N 73°59′25″W / 40.714216°N 73.990259°W / 40.714216; -73.990259Coordinates: 40°42′51″N 73°59′25″W / 40.714216°N 73.990259°W / 40.714216; -73.990259
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services       F all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 1, 1936; 78 years ago (1936-01-01)
Passengers (2013) 4,208,654[1] Increase 4.6%
Rank 115 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Delancey Street: F all times
Next south York Street: F all times

East Broadway is a station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the F train at all times.

There is an abandoned tower at the north end of the island platform. The station has two mezzanines, four open staircases, three closed staircases, and one escalator. The full-time entrance at Madison Street has one street staircase, while the part-time entrance at Canal and Rutgers Streets has three. A passageway outside of fare control connects the two areas.

A sealed staircase in the middle of the passageway led to Henry Street. Inside fare control, the mezzanine extends to an area now used as space for maintenance.

The tile band is medium Parma violet with a slightly darker border, set two tiles high. Captions below show the station name abbreviated as "E BWAY". The I-beams are painted a similar shade of violet. The trackside walls show a considerable pattern of aging and occasional water damage.

The 1992 artwork at this station is called Displacing Details by Noel Copeland, with assistance by students from the Henry Street Settlement.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exits / Entrances
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Mezzanine Level between fare control and platforms
B3 Northbound NYCS F toward Jamaica – 179th Street (Delancey Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound NYCS F toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (York Street)

The station has one narrow, slightly curved island platform.

Worth Street Line provisional platforms[edit]

Some of the staircases lead to an intermediate level. This level was supposed to be a station of the unbuilt IND Worth Street Line. Behind a locked door, located in the north end of the mezzanine, the floor drops to the level of the intended trackways for the unbuilt Worth Street Line.[2] The unused space runs for no more than fifteen feet to a solid wall. Near the north end of this station, a different ceiling structure angling across marks where the unbuilt subway would have gone.[3] The ramp that descends from the full-time side would have led to the same intermediate level, with a station facility in between, but that was never constructed. On the lower mezzanine level, the unusual spacing of some of the pillars marks where the line's platforms would have been placed.[4]


  • NE corner of Canal Street and Essex Street
  • West side of Rutgers Street between Canal Street and East Broadway
  • SE corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street
  • NW corner of Madison Street and Rutgers Street


External links[edit]

Media related to East Broadway (IND Sixth Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons