215th Street (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)

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215th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYCS 215th St.jpg
Aerial view of station
Station statistics
Address West 215th Street & 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10034
Borough Manhattan
Locale Inwood
Coordinates 40°52′10″N 73°54′54″W / 40.869473°N 73.915074°W / 40.869473; -73.915074Coordinates: 40°52′10″N 73°54′54″W / 40.869473°N 73.915074°W / 40.869473; -73.915074
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M100, Bx7, Bx20
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened March 12, 1906 (110 years ago) (1906-03-12)
Passengers (2015) 615,177[1]Decrease 1.8%
Rank 397 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Marble Hill–225th Street: 1 all times
221st Street: no regular service (demolished)
Next south 207th Street: 1 all times

215th Street is a local station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 215th Street and Tenth Avenue in the Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood, it is served by the 1 train at all times.


The West Side Branch of the first subway was extended northward to a temporary terminus of 221st Street and Broadway on March 12, 1906 with the first open station at Dyckman Street, as the stations at 168th Street, 181st Street, and 191st Street were not yet completed.[2][3][4] This extension was served by shuttle trains operating between 157th Street and 221st Street until May 30, 1906 when express trains began running through to 221st Street.[5][6]

In 1948, platforms on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line from 103rd Street to 238th Street were lengthened to 514 feet to allow full ten-car express trains to platform. Previously the stations could only platform six car local trains. The platform extensions were opened in stages. On July 9, 1948, the platform extensions at stations between 207th Street and 238th Street were opened for use at the cost of $423,000.[7][8]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street (Marble Hill–225th Street)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward South Ferry (207th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Track layout
to 225 St
to 207 St
Street level view

This elevated station has two side platforms and three tracks with the center track not used in revenue service. Both platforms have beige windscreens and dark canopies, both of which are currently being replaced as part of a renovation project, in the center and black steel waist-high fences at either ends. The station name plates are in the standard black with white lettering.

Both platforms have one wooden adjacent station house in the center. However, only the southbound one is used for passenger service. Three doors from the platform lead to a small waiting area, where a turnstile bank provides entrance/exit from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to either western corners of Tenth Avenue and 215th Street.

The station house on the northbound platform is used for employees only. One exit-only turnstile at platform level leads to a staircase that goes down to the northeast corner of 215th Street and Tenth Avenue while a High Entry/Exit Turnstile, also at platform level, leads to a staircase going down to the southeast corner.

The 1991 artwork here is called Elevated Nature I-IV by Wopo Holup. It consists of two concrete panels with wooden frames on the southbound platform's station house. Each panel consists of eight squares depicting tree limbs. This artwork is also located at four other stations on this line.

The station is near the northern end of the 207th Street Yard, which includes the 215th Street Signal Shop, and the MTA Buses Kingsbridge Depot which is just slightly north of this station. It is also four blocks along 218th Street from Inwood Hill Park and, also on 218th Street, provides access to Columbia University's Baker Field athletic complex, as well as the Allen Hospital, a satellite facility of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. North of the station, the line crosses the Broadway Bridge over the Harlem River Ship Canal into the mainland of New York.


In 2015, the station had 615,177 boardings, making it the 397th most used station in the 422-station system.[1] This amounted to an average of 2,012 passengers per weekday.[9] In terms of annual passenger ridership and in terms of weekday daily ridership, this is the least used station in Manhattan.[9][1]


  1. ^ a b c "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ New York Times, Farthest North in Town by the Interborough, January 14, 1907, page 18
  3. ^ District, New York (State) Public Service Commission First (1913-01-01). Report of the Public Service Commission for the First District of the State of New York. J.B. Lyon Company. 
  4. ^ "Trains To Ship Canal: But They Whiz by Washington Heights Station". New York Times. March 13, 1906. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Express to 221st Street: Will Run In the Subway To-day–New 181st Street Station Ready.". Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  7. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949. 
  8. ^ "MORE LONG PLATFORMS; Five Subway Stations on IRT to Accommodate 10-Car Trains". The New York Times. 1948-07-10. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  9. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Weekday Ridership". mta.info. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 

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