14th Street – Eighth Avenue (New York City Subway)

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14th Street – Eighth Avenue
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E NYCS L
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
111 8th Av IND jeh.jpg
Street entrance
Station statistics
Address Eighth Avenue & West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
Borough Manhattan
Locale West Village, Chelsea
Coordinates 40°44′23″N 74°00′09″W / 40.739779°N 74.002533°W / 40.739779; -74.002533Coordinates: 40°44′23″N 74°00′09″W / 40.739779°N 74.002533°W / 40.739779; -74.002533
Division B (BMT/IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
      BMT Canarsie Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      E all times (all times)
      L all times (all times)
Connection
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (81 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 13,903,211 (station complex)[2] Increase 6.9%
Rank 19 out of 421

14th Street – Eighth Avenue is an underground New York City Subway station complex shared by the IND Eighth Avenue Line and the BMT Canarsie Line. It is located at Eighth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, and served by the:

  • A, E, and L trains at all times
  • C train at all times except late nights

Entrances are located at the corners of Eighth Avenue and 14th, 15th, and 16th Streets. The whole complex is ADA-compliant, with the accessible station entrance at 14th Street. This complex was renovated at the beginning of the 21st century.

This station had two artworks installed here. The first one was in 1989 by Ross Lewis named Parallel Motion. It shows images of moving bodies in the mezzanine drawn by brushstrokes using Chinese calligraphy. It was removed in 1995 and is now at the lobby of Public School 89 in Battery Park City. The second art installation by Tom Otterness, called Life Underground, was installed in 2001. It features whimsical bronze sculptures, including a sewer alligator, scattered about the station.

There are a number of MTA New York City Transit Authority training facilities located in the Mezzanine.


IND Eighth Avenue Line platforms[edit]

14th Street
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E
New York City Subway rapid transit station
14th Street (Eighth Avenue Line).jpg
Station statistics
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      E all times (all times)
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (81 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station succession
Next north 23rd Street (local): A late nights C all except late nights E all times
34th Street – Penn Station (express): A all except late nights
Next south West Fourth Street – Washington Square: A all times C all except late nights E all times


Next Handicapped/disabled access north 34th Street – Penn Station: A all times C all except late nights E all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south West Fourth Street – Washington Square: A all times C all except late nights E all times

14th Street is an express station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line that has four tracks and two island platforms. Opened on September 10, 1932, this is the southernmost Eighth Avenue Line station that is actually under Eighth Avenue itself. South of here, the line curves east to Sixth Avenue via Greenwich Avenue.

During daytime hours, C and E trains stop on the outer local tracks while A trains stops on the center express tracks. During late night hours, all service is on the local tracks. Both outer track walls have a medium Yellow-Orange trim line with a Terra Cotta Brown border and "14th" written in black on the white tiles below. Both platforms have yellow i-beam columns running along their centers. The original 1931 trim line was a deep yellow-orange set in a course three tiles high with no border. There are many staircases and one elevator from each side going up to the full-length mezzanine above, which has same style trim line, name tablets, and columns.

This station has three entrances. The northernmost one has an unstaffed bank of turnstiles, two staircases going up to the northwest corner of 16th Street and Eighth Avenue, and one going up to each eastern side of the intersection. A passageway leads to the front entrance of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey building at the southwest corner. A sign on the sidewalk outside the building indicates an entrance to the station is available inside. On either side the center of the mezzanine, a set of full height turnstiles leads to a staircase going up to either northern corners of 15th Street and Eighth Avenue.

The full-time fare control area is at the south end of the mezzanine. On the east side is the transfer passageway to the BMT Canarsie Line platform containing a ramp, staircase, and elevator. A set of full height turnstiles leads to a staircase going up to the northeast corner of 14th Street and 8th Avenue. The full-time turnstile bank has a token booth, two staircases to either southern corners of the aforementioned intersection, and one staircase and elevator going up to the northwest corner. This area has a signal training school for New York City Transit employees.


BMT Canarsie Line platform[edit]

For other uses, see Eighth Avenue (disambiguation).
Eighth Avenue
NYCS L
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Eighth Avenue Canarsie vc.jpg
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 30, 1931 (83 years ago) (1931-05-30)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station succession
Next north (Terminal): L all times
Next south Sixth Avenue: L all times


Next Handicapped/disabled access north none: L all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Union Square: L all times

Eighth Avenue on the BMT Canarsie Line has two tracks and one island platform. It is the western (railroad north) terminal of the BMT Canarsie Line.

Eighth Avenue station opened on 30 May 1931 and was the last station to open on the Canarsie Line, built as an extension from the main line that opened seven years earlier westward to the previous terminal: Sixth Avenue.[3]

Eighth Avenue uses a single island platform with two tracks[4] which are designated officially as Q1 and Q2; however, these chaining numbers are only used by train crew and MTA personnel as their main purpose is distance-marking. Originally, they were named QW1 and QW2 since Eighth Avenue was a western extension of the Canarsie Line, but the line has been re-chained simply as Q. Eighth Avenue is the zero-point of the Canarsie Line's chaining, that is, it is the starting point of all distances on the line. The tracks end at bumper blocks just past the west end of the platform.

The station was originally decorated in a more IND style than the rest of the Canarsie Line, which was built by the BMT. The original tile band was two-tone ultramarine blue with "8th Av" captions.[4] However, a 1999 renovation subsequently removed the IND style and replaced it with the BMT quilt-like tile pattern that exists on all other subway stations on the BMT Canarsie Line. The current tile color scheme is white with red stripes and historically-correct mosaics predominantly beige and tan, with an oddly "regular" pattern of red, yellow, green and off-white in the center. To signify the station's location, there are small "8" decorations set in teal-green hexagons, as found in other stations on the line.[4]


Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Upper
Mezzanine
Fare control, station agents
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at NW corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue)
B2 Northbound local NYCS C toward 168th Street (NYCS A toward 207th Street late nights) (23rd Street)
NYCS E toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (23rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express NYCS A toward 207th Street (34th Street – Penn Station)
Southbound express NYCS A toward Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway all except nights, or Rockaway Park PM rush hours (West Fourth Street – Washington Square)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local NYCS C toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS A toward Far Rockaway late nights) (West Fourth Street – Washington Square)
NYCS E toward World Trade Center (West Fourth Street – Washington Square)
B3 Lower
Mezzanine
Ramp from upper mezzanine to NYCS L platforms
B4 Track 2 NYCS L toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Sixth Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1 NYCS L toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Sixth Avenue)


Nearby points of interest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  3. ^ Mayor drives train in new subway link New York Times Retrieved 2008-09-02
  4. ^ a b c Eighth Avenue NYCSubway Retrieved 2008-09-02

External links[edit]

External video
"Life Underground" by Tom Otterness, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; January 13, 2010; 2:34 YouTube video clip