125th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)

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125th Street
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Northbound staircase on the southeast corner
Station statistics
Address West 125th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027
Borough Manhattan
Locale Harlem
Coordinates 40°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
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Lenox Avenue Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      3 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M7, Airport transportation M60 SBS, M100, M101, M102, Bx15
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened November 23, 1904; 112 years ago (1904-11-23)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Passengers (2015) 5,121,518[2]Increase 0.4%
Rank 93 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 135th Street: 2 all times 3 all times
Next south 116th Street: 2 all times 3 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.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 135 St
to 116 St
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Wakefield – 241st Street (135th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg toward Harlem – 148th Street (135th Street)
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Brooklyn College – Flatbush Avenue (116th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square – 42nd Street late nights) (116th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

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 a new name tablet plus some old "125" terra cotta cartouches. The tracks, trackways, and platforms at this station were totally rebuilt during a 1998 reconstruction project to combat a water seepage problem along the Lenox Avenue Line.

The 1996 artwork there is Flying Home Harlem Heroes and Heroines, by Faith Ringgold.

On May 23, 1968, poet Henry Dumas was fatally shot by a New York City Transit Police officer on the station's southbound platform.[3]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[4]


  • One stair, NW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (southbound only)[5]
  • One stair, SW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (southbound only)[5]
  • One stair, NE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (northbound only)[5]
  • One stair, SE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street (northbound only)[5]


  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  3. ^ Jeffrey B. Leak, Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas, pages 2 and 145-53 (2014).
  4. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Harlem/East Harlem" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 

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