Lexington Avenue / 51st – 53rd Streets (New York City Subway)

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Lexington Avenue / 51st – 53rd Streets
NYCS 4 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d NYCS E NYCS M
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
51st Street - Stair.JPG
Entrance to the IRT Lexington Avenue Line platform
Station statistics
Address East 53rd Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates 40°45′25″N 73°58′19″W / 40.757075°N 73.971977°W / 40.757075; -73.971977Coordinates: 40°45′25″N 73°58′19″W / 40.757075°N 73.971977°W / 40.757075; -73.971977
Division A (IRT), B (IND)
Line       IRT Lexington Avenue Line
IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       4 late nights (late nights)
      6 all times (all times) <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
      E all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
Connection
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Other information
Opened 1989[citation needed]
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 20,262,110 (station complex)[1] Increase 5.2%
Rank 10 out of 421

Lexington Avenue / 51st – 53rd Streets is an underground station complex of the New York City Subway. It connects the IRT Lexington Avenue Line with the IND Queens Boulevard Line and is served by the:

  • 6 and E trains at all times
  • M train during weekdays
  • <6> train weekdays in peak direction
  • 4 train during late nights

In 2013, the station complex was ranked tenth in ridership, with 20,262,110 passengers entering the station.[1] It is planned for 55th Street station from Phase 3 of the Second Avenue Subway to connect to this complex.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at NE corner of 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue)
B1
Lexington Avenue Line platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local NYCS 6 NYCS 6d toward Pelham Bay Park (NYCS 6 toward Parkchester rush hours and middays) (59th Street)
NYCS 4 toward Woodlawn (late nights) (59th Street)
Southbound local NYCS 6 NYCS 6d toward Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall (NYCS 4 toward New Lots Avenue late nights) (Grand Central – 42nd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B2 Northbound express NYCS 4 NYCS 5 do not stop here
Southbound express NYCS 4 NYCS 5 do not stop here →
B3
Queens Boulevard Line platforms
Southbound NYCS E toward World Trade Center (Fifth Avenue / 53rd Street)
NYCS M toward Metropolitan Avenue (Fifth Avenue / 53rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound NYCS E toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (Court Square – 23rd Street)
NYCS M toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (Court Square – 23rd Street)


IRT Lexington Avenue Line platforms[edit]

51st Street
NYCS 4 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
New York City Subway rapid transit station
51st Street IRT 001.JPG
Downtown local platform
Station statistics
Address East 51st Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Coordinates 40°45′25″N 73°58′19″W / 40.757075°N 73.971977°W / 40.757075; -73.971977
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Services       4 late nights (late nights)
      6 all times (all times) <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 17, 1918; 96 years ago (1918-07-17)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station succession
Next north 59th Street: 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south Grand Central – 42nd Street: 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction


Next Handicapped/disabled access north 125th Street: 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Grand Central – 42nd Street: 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

51st Street on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, opened on July 17, 1918, is a local station with two local tracks and two side platforms. The two express tracks, used by the 4 and 5 trains during daytime hours, pass through a lower level and are not visible from the platforms.

The station features modern beige bricks over the original tiles, but the standard IRT-style mosaics remain intact. There is a crossunder at the extreme north end of the platforms with an elevator on each side and an escalator on the Brooklyn Bridge-bound side. A ceramic artwork called Tunnel Vision by Nina Yankowitz was installed here in 1989.

A passageway, built in 1989, connects to the fare control areas and platforms of the IND Queens Boulevard Line beyond the crossunder on the northbound side.

The platforms are approximately 25 feet below street level and the station's full-time fare control areas are at the center of each. A staircase of seven steps goes up to a turnstile bank and outside fare control, there is a token booth and four street stairs. The ones on the Bronx-bound side go up either eastern corners of Lexington Avenue and East 51st Street while the ones on the Brooklyn Bridge-bound side go up to either western corners.

The Brooklyn Bridge-bound platform has a part-time fare control area near the south end. A seven-step staircase goes up to a turnstile bank and outside fare control, there is a customer assistance booth and one staircase going up to the front entrance of the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel on the southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 50th Street.[2]

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IND Queens Boulevard Line platform[edit]

Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street
NYCS E NYCS M
New York City Subway rapid transit station
53rd and Lexington Avenue station 2.jpg
Station statistics
Address Lexington Avenue & East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
Coordinates 40°45′30″N 73°58′16″W / 40.758343°N 73.971033°W / 40.758343; -73.971033
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       E all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened August 19, 1933; 81 years ago (1933-08-19)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station succession
Next north Court Square – 23rd Street: E all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south Fifth Avenue / 53rd Street: E all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.


Next Handicapped/disabled access north Queens Plaza: E all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next Handicapped/disabled access south 50th Street (via Queens Blvd): E all times (southbound only)
47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (via 6th): M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.

Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street on the IND Queens Boulevard Line opened on August 19, 1933 and has two tracks and one island platform. It is eighty feet below street level, as the line had to pass beneath all of the north–south subway lines that were built before it. As a result, long escalators and staircases are required to reach the mezzanine from the platform.

This station has an un-staffed entrance/exit at the east (railroad north) end. One escalator and one elevator from the platform goes up to a turnstile bank, where two staircases go up to either western corners of Third Avenue and 53rd Street. A larger staircase goes up to the entrance plaza of 205 East 53rd Street at the northeast corner.

At the extreme west (railroad south) end of the platform, a bank of two escalators and one staircase (which were once the longest in the world), a single escalator, and one ADA-accessible elevator go up to the full-time mezzanine with a token booth, where a turnstile bank provide entrance/exit from the station. One glass-enclosed staircase goes up to the entrance plaza of 132 East 53rd Street at the southeast corner of Lexington Avenue. A larger staircase goes up to a sunken shopping plaza of the Citigroup Center at the northeast corner of the aforementioned intersection.

A shopping arcade outside fare control leads to a staircase and elevator inside the south side of 132 East 53rd Street that go up to the northeast corner of East 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Here, there is another token booth and turnstile bank leading to the passageway to the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, which was added in 1989. The passageway extends to the staircases and escalators going down to the IND platform and contains a turnstile bank in the center. In 2003, as part of efforts to ease crowding in the station, a mezzanine was added to connect the passageway to the Third Avenue end of the station.[3]

There are no tiles, trim line, or mosaics on the track walls. East of this station (railroad north), the line goes under the East River to Long Island City, Queens.

The 2004 artwork here is called Passing Through by Al Held. It features glass mosaic on the mezzanine walls.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  2. ^ Station Reporter — 51st Street/Lexington Avenue Complex
  3. ^ Feldman, Jason. "Contractors Construct 200-ft.-long Mezzanine Under 53rd St.". New York Construction. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 

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