163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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View south from northbound platform
Station statistics
Address Amsterdam Avenue & St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Borough Manhattan
Locale Washington Heights
Coordinates 40°50′13″N 73°56′24″W / 40.836866°N 73.940134°W / 40.836866; -73.940134Coordinates: 40°50′13″N 73°56′24″W / 40.836866°N 73.940134°W / 40.836866; -73.940134
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A late nights (late nights)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M3, M100, M101
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (84 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2015) 1,395,260[3]Increase 0.3%
Rank 317 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 168th Street: A late nights C all except late nights
Next south 155th Street: A late nights C all except late nights

163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located in Washington Heights, Manhattan at the intersection of Amsterdam and Saint Nicholas Avenues. It is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 168 St
to 155 St
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward 168th Street (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward 207th Street late nights) (168th Street)
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward Far Rockaway late nights) (155th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B3[4] Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg does not stop here
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg does not stop here →
The 162nd Street entrance to the station

This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932,[1][5] has two local tracks and two side platforms. Two express tracks, used by the A train during daytime hours, run below the station and are not visible from the platforms. To the north, the upper level local tracks become the center tracks of 168th Street, allowing C trains to terminate there, while the lower level express tracks become the outer tracks, continuing towards 207th Street.

Both platforms have name tablets reading "163RD STREET - AMSTERDAM AV" in white sans serif font on two lines. The background is yellow with a black border. Small black "163" and directional signs in white lettering run at regular intervals, but there is no trim line on either platform. Yellow i-beam columns run along both platforms with all of them having the standard black station name plate with white lettering.

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[6][7]


This station has a full length mezzanine supported by yellow i-beam columns above the platforms, but only the southern half is opened. The closed-off northern half has an exit-only turnstile leading to the fare control area at the center, three staircases from each platform, and sealed exits leading to 163rd Street.[8][9] There are two closed stairs to the southwest corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and West 163rd Street, and another closed stair to the southeast corner.[10]

The opened southern half of the mezzanine is split into three sections by two black steel fences. Free transfers between directions are not possible. The two outer portions have two staircases from their respective platforms and a turnstile bank leading to the center of the mezzanine. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and the extreme south end has two staircases going up to the streets, one to the northwest corner of 161st Street and Amsterdam Avenue and the other to the western corner of Amsterdam and Saint Nicholas Avenue across from 162nd Street. The latter staircase is built inside 1033 Saint Nicholas Avenue, which is currently a Rite Aid pharmacy.

  • 1 stair at SW corner of Amsterdam Avenue, St. Nicholas Avenue, and West 162nd Street inside Rite Aid[10]
  • 1 stair at SE corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and West 162nd Street[10]
  • 1 stair at NE corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 161st Street[10]


  1. ^ a b New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  4. ^ Station Reporter — C Train
  5. ^ Crowell, Paul (September 10, 1932). "Gay Midnight Crowd Rides First Trains In The New Subway: Throngs at Station an Hour Before Time, Rush Turnstiles When Chains are Dropped". New York Times. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  7. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  8. ^ "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Harshbarger, Rebecca; De La Hoz, Felipe (October 12, 2015). "Williamsburg, Bushwick subway entrances sealed despite ridership spike". AM New York. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Washington Heights" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 

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