Rector Street (BMT Broadway Line)

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Rector Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Rector Street BMT 003.JPG
NYCS R train of R46 cars arriving for uptown
Station statistics
Address Rector Street & Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006
Borough Manhattan
Locale Financial District
Coordinates 40°42′28″N 74°00′47″W / 40.70771°N 74.013004°W / 40.70771; -74.013004Coordinates: 40°42′28″N 74°00′47″W / 40.70771°N 74.013004°W / 40.70771; -74.013004
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       R weekdays except late nights (weekdays except late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 5, 1918; 96 years ago (January 5, 1918)[1]
Passengers (2013) 1,524,110[2] Decrease 21.9%
Rank 296 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Cortlandt Street: R weekdays except late nights
Next south Whitehall Street – South Ferry: R weekdays except late nights

Rector Street is a station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the corner of Rector Street and Trinity Place in Lower Manhattan, the station is served by the R train at all times except late nights, when the N train takes over service.

Beginning on August 2, 2013 and continuing until October 2014, this station is served by the R train on weekdays only. This is due to Hurricane Sandy recovery work being done by the MTA in the Montague Street Tunnel. All weekend R and late-night N trains operate over the Manhattan Bridge. During those times, this station is closed.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS R toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue weekdays (Cortlandt Street)
Southbound NYCS R toward Whitehall Street weekdays (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Since the station is on a grade, there is a noticeable slant. The station has two side platforms, downtown and uptown, which are not connected. This station was overhauled in the late 1970s. The overhaul changed the station's structure and the overall appearance, replacing the original wall tiles, old signs, and incandescent lighting to the 1970s-style wall tiles, signs and fluorescent lights. It also modernized staircases and platform edges. The blue tiles, which are not standard in BMT stations, provide the backdrop to the lettering, similar to Prospect Avenue station in Brooklyn.

The uptown platform maintains one old style sign while at the north end of the downtown/Brooklyn platform is an entire closed off portion of a defunct platform. There are several (painted over) old style Rector Street mosaic signs on this platform.

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ New York Times, Open New Subway to Times Square, January 6, 1918
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rector Street (BMT Broadway Line) at Wikimedia Commons