First Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line)

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First Avenue
NYCS L
New York City Subway rapid transit station
1st Avenue BMT IMG 9163.JPG
Station statistics
Address First Avenue & East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
Borough Manhattan
Locale East Village
Coordinates 40°43′53″N 73°58′57″W / 40.731324°N 73.982577°W / 40.731324; -73.982577Coordinates: 40°43′53″N 73°58′57″W / 40.731324°N 73.982577°W / 40.731324; -73.982577
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Connection
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened September 21, 1924; 90 years ago (1924-09-21)
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 7,735,905[1] Increase 6.2%
Rank 49 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Third Avenue: L all times
Next south Bedford Avenue: L all times

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 in the 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.[2]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS L toward Eighth Avenue (Third Avenue)
Southbound NYCS L toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Bedford Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1985/11/25/nyregion/jury-acquits-all-transit-officers-in-1983-death-of-michael-stewart.html?scp=1&sq=%22michael+stewart%22+jury+white&st=nyt&pagewanted=all JURY ACQUITS ALL TRANSIT OFFICERS IN 1983 DEATH OF MICHAEL STEWART], The New York Times

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