125th Street station (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)

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 125 Street
 "2" train"3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Northbound staircase on the southeast corner
Station statistics
AddressWest 125th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027
BoroughManhattan
LocaleHarlem
Coordinates40°48′25″N 73°56′42″W / 40.807°N 73.945°W / 40.807; -73.945Coordinates: 40°48′25″N 73°56′42″W / 40.807°N 73.945°W / 40.807; -73.945
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Lenox Avenue Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
      3 all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M7, Airport transportation M60 SBS, M100, M101, M102, Bx15
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedNovember 23, 1904; 115 years ago (1904-11-23)
Station code439[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Opposite-direction transfer availableNo
Traffic
Passengers (2019)4,644,262[4]Decrease 1.8%
Rank101 out of 424[4]
Station succession
Next north135th Street: 2 all times3 all times
Next south116th Street: 2 all times3 all times

125th Street is a station on the IRT Lenox Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 125th Street (also known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard) and Lenox Avenue (also known as Malcolm X Boulevard) in Harlem, it is served by the 2 and 3 trains at all times.

History[edit]

This station opened just after midnight on November 23, 1904, as part of the IRT's original system. It was completed along with the rest of the IRT Lenox Avenue Line, then known as the East Side Subway or East Side Branch, south of 145th Street.[5]

On May 23, 1968, poet Henry Dumas was fatally shot by a New York City Transit Police officer on the station's southbound platform.[6]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[7] Starting on March 2, 1998, the tunnel was reconstructed along with the cracked tunnel floor. This was done to correct a major water problem that had existed for many years due to the presence of the Harlem Creek and other underground streams, which caused extensive flooding, water damage, and seepage problems that occasionally contributed to severe service disruptions.[8][9] The project cost $82 million and was finished on October 12, 1998.[8][10] During the reconstruction, many 2 trains were rerouted via the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, while the 3 trains were rerouted to the 137th Street–City College station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. Each of the two Lenox Avenue Line tracks were alternately taken out of service and supplemental shuttle bus service connecting to other lines in the area were provided for much of this time.[11][12]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street level Entrance/exit
P
Platform level
Side platform
Northbound "2" train toward 241st Street (135th Street)
"3" train toward 148th Street (135th Street)
Southbound "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue (116th Street)
"3" train toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square late nights) (116th Street)
Side platform

This underground station has two side platforms and two tracks. The fare control is at platform level, and there is no crossover or crossunder between the platforms. The station has new name tablets, although some old "125" terracotta cartouches are still visible in the station.

The artwork in the station is Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines, by Faith Ringgold, installed in 1996.[13]

Exits[edit]

  • One stair, NW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (southbound only)[14]
  • One stair, SW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (southbound only)[14]
  • One stair, NE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (northbound only)[14]
  • One stair, SE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (northbound only)[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "East Side Subway Open — Train from 145th Street to Broadway in 9 Minutes and 40 Seconds" (PDF). The New York Times. November 23, 1904. p. 1. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  6. ^ Jeffrey B. Leak, Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas, pages 2 and 145-53 (2014).
  7. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "Agency Lists Its 69 Most Deteriorated Subway Stations". The New York Times. p. B5S. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on March 31, 2020. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "New York City Transit - History and Chronology". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on March 24, 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Lii, Jane H. (February 28, 1998). "Tunnel Work To Cut Service On 2 Subways". The New York Times. p. B-4. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Lueck, Thomas J. (October 13, 1998). "Beating Deadline, Normal Service Returns for the Nos. 2 and 3 Subway Lines". The New York Times. p. B-3. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Newman, Andy (December 12, 1997). "Repairs to Lenox Ave. Tunnel To Affect Many Subway Lines". The New York Times. p. B-8. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  12. ^ "Lenox Rehab '98 2 3 Lenox Line Service Guide March 2-October 1998". thejoekorner.com. New York City Transit. 1998. Archived from the original on March 28, 2020. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "125th Street - FAITH RINGGOLD - Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines (Downtown and Uptown), 1996". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  14. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Harlem / East Harlem" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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