First Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line)
|Address||First Avenue & East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
|Locale||East Village, Gramercy, Stuyvesant Town|
|Line||BMT Canarsie Line|
|Services||L (all times)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||September 21, 1924|
|Passengers (2013)||7,735,905 6.2%|
|Rank||49 out of 421|
|Next north||Third Avenue: L|
|Next south||Bedford Avenue: L|
First Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of First Avenue and East 14th Street at the border of Gramercy, Stuyvesant Town, and East Village in Manhattan, it is served by the L train at all times.
This is the easternmost Canarsie Line station in Manhattan. East of here, the line travels under the East River to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There are no connections to other subway lines.
This station has two side platforms and two tracks. The platforms are columnless and have the standard BMT style trim-line and name tablets. The former contains "1" tablets in standard intervals while the latter consists of "FIRST AVE" in Times New Roman font.
This station's only entrances/exits are at the extreme west (railroad north) end. From each platform, a single staircase goes up to a small mezzanine that contains a turnstile bank, token booth, and two street stairs to the east side of First Avenue at 14th Street. The ones on the Eighth Avenue-bound platform lead to the northeast corner while the ones on the Brooklyn-bound platform lead to the southeast corner. Each mezzanine has two exits to street level (this is the only difference between this station and the next station north, Third Avenue, whose platforms have no mezzanines and only one exit each). There is no free transfer between directions and the mezzanine on the Brooklyn-bound side has a florist shop outside fare control.
In September 1983 this station was the site of a New York City Transit Police slaying of a black graffiti artist, Michael Stewart, who was writing graffiti on the station wall. The six police officers involved, all of them white, were acquitted by an all-white jury.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound||← toward Eighth Avenue (Third Avenue)|
|Southbound||→ toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Bedford Avenue) →|
Nearby points of interest
- Beth Israel Medical Center
- Stuyvesant High School Old Campus (High School for Health Professions and Human Services, Institute for Collaborative Education, and PS 226)
- Stuyvesant Square
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
- JURY ACQUITS ALL TRANSIT OFFICERS IN 1983 DEATH OF MICHAEL STEWART, The New York Times
Media related to 1st Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org—nycsubway.org BMT Canarsie Line: 1st Avenue
- Station Reporter — L Train
- The Subway Nut — 1st Avenue Pictures
- First Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View