157th Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)

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157th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
157th Street IRT Broadway 2.JPG
242nd Street-bound platform looking south
Station statistics
Address West 157th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10032
Borough Manhattan
Locale Washington Heights
Coordinates 40°50′02″N 73°56′38″W / 40.834°N 73.944°W / 40.834; -73.944Coordinates: 40°50′02″N 73°56′38″W / 40.834°N 73.944°W / 40.834; -73.944
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M4, M5, Bx6
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened November 12, 1904 (111 years ago) (1904-11-12)
Passengers (2014) 3,481,873[1]Increase 0.7%
Rank 147 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 168th Street: 1 all times
Next south 145th Street (local): 1 all times
96th Street (express): no regular service

157th Street is a station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Broadway and 157th Street in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, it is served by the 1 train at all times.


Downtown entrances

157th Street was opened on November 12, 1904. This station was the first to be added to the subway following its opening the previous October 27. 145th Street, the next station south, was the original terminal. On its first day in service, the station was used to allow passengers to get to a football game at the Polo Grounds.[2] After this, 157th Street became the terminal for trains not going via the Lenox Avenue Line. The terminal of 157th Street had facilities for switching trains, relieving congestion at 96th Street. On March 12, 1906 the IRT was extended from 157th Street to 221st Street. Shuttle trains served the new extension terminating at 157th Street, meaning that passengers south of 157th Street wanting to go to stations on the extension had to transfer at 157th Street.[3][4][5][6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit
Platform level
Side platform, doors open on the right
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street (168th Street)
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward South Ferry (145th Street)
(No service: 96th Street)
Side platform, doors open on the right
Original station name mosaic

This station has two tracks and two side platforms. The platforms contain their original trim line that includes "157" mosaics and name tablets reading "157TH ST." There are also directional signs on the tiles containing white lettering on a black background and brown border. Both platforms have tiled columns that run along the entire length and contain "157" painted in black. Some of the columns separating the two tracks have "157" signs in black letting on white borders.

Each platform, narrow by IRT standards, has one same-level fare control area near the middle. Both are fully staffed, containing a turnstile bank and token booth, and have two street stairs, the northbound side to the southeast corners of 157th Street and Broadway and the southbound side to either western corners of the aforementioned intersection. There are no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfers between directions. Only the South Ferry-bound side token booth is staffed.


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Subway On East Side Will Be Opened Soon: New Switching Station on West Side Nearly ready, too Football Trains On Today". New York Times. November 12, 1904. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ A History of the New York City Subway System, Part 1 The Manhattan Els and the IRT. p. 30. 
  6. ^ [3]

External links[edit]

Ceramic cartouche with number "157"