23rd Street (BMT Broadway Line)

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23rd Street
"R" train "W" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
23rd Street BMT 003.JPG
Uptown platform
Station statistics
Address intersection of 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue & Broadway
New York, NY 10010
Borough Manhattan
Locale Flatiron District, Madison Square
Coordinates 40°44′29″N 73°59′21″W / 40.741339°N 73.989272°W / 40.741339; -73.989272Coordinates: 40°44′29″N 73°59′21″W / 40.741339°N 73.989272°W / 40.741339; -73.989272
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       N weekends and late nights (weekends and late nights)
      Q late nights only (late nights only)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
      W weekdays only (weekdays only)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M2, M3, M23 SBS, M55, X27, X28
Bus transport MTA Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BM5
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened January 5, 1918 (99 years ago) (1918-01-05)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2015) 7,965,410[3]Increase 8.4%
Rank 50 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 28th Street: N weekends and late nights Q late nights only R all except late nights W weekdays only
Next south 14th Street–Union Square: N weekends and late nights Q late nights only R all except late nights W weekdays only

23rd Street is a local station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 23rd Street, Broadway, and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, it is served by the R train at all times except late nights, the W train on weekdays, the N train during weekends and late nights and the Q train during late nights.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 28 St
to 14 St
G Street Level Exit / Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach weekends and late nights ("Q" train via Brighton late nights) (14th Street–Union Square)
"R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (14th Street–Union Square)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry weekdays (14th Street–Union Square)
Southbound express "N" train "Q" train do not stop here
Northbound express "N" train "Q" train do not stop here →
Northbound local "W" train weekdays ("N" train weekends and late nights) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (28th Street)
"Q" train toward 96th Street late nights (28th Street)
"R" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (28th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Entrance to the station

This underground station, opened on January 5, 1918, has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center tracks are used by the N train on weekdays and Q train at all times except late nights. The platforms have their original trim line, which has "23" tablets on it at regular intervals and name tablets, which read "23RD STREET" in Times New Roman font.

This station's 1970s overhaul included fixing its structure and the overall appearance by replacing the original wall tiles, old signs, and incandescent lighting to the 1970s modern look wall tile band and tablet mosaics, signs and fluorescent lights. It also included fixing staircases and platform edges. In 2001, the station received a major state of repairs, including upgrading for ADA compliance, restoring the original late 1910s tiling, repairing the staircases, re-tiling for the walls, new tiling on the floors, upgrading the station's lights and the public address system, installing ADA yellow safety threads along the platform edge, new signs, and new trackbeds in both directions.

The 2002 artwork here is called Memories of Twenty-Third Street by Keith Godard. It consists of mosaics on the platform walls containing hats that famous people of the Flatiron District wore, including Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, and W. E. B. Du Bois.


Station identification tablet
Detail of top border mosaic

Each platform has two same-level fare control areas. The primary ones are at the north end. The Queens-bound platform has a bank of regular and high exit-only turnstiles, the station's full-time token booth, and four street stairs. Two go up to the northeast corner of Broadway and 23rd Street (outside Madison Square Park) and the other two go to the southeast. The Brooklyn-bound platform has a bank of regular and high exit-only turnstile, a now defunct customer assistance booth, and two street stairs. One is connected to fare control via a passageway and goes up to the southeast corner of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue outside the Flatiron Building while the other goes up to the northeast corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue, near a midblock pedestrian crossing.[4]

The station's other two fare control areas are at the south end of the station. The one on the Manhattan-bound platform is unstaffed, containing High Entry-Exit Turnstiles and one staircase going up to the northeast corner of 22nd Street and Broadway. The one on the Brooklyn-bound platform is exit-only and has one staircase to the northwest corner of 22nd Street and Broadway.[4] There is a crossunder here that is only used for emergencies and station facilities.

Subway pushing[edit]

On January 3, 1999, a schizophrenic man, Andrew Goldstein, pushed 32-year-old journalist and photographer Kendra Webdale onto the tracks from the Brooklyn-bound platform of this station. Webdale was then struck and killed by an oncoming N train. After two mistrials due to his mental incapacity, Goldstein pleaded guilty of manslaughter in October 2006 and sentenced to 23 years in prison. The incident led to the passing of Kendra's Law, which allows judges to order people suffering from certain psychological disorders to undergo regular treatment.[5]


  1. ^ New York Times, Open New Subway to Times Square, January 6, 1918
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  4. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Union Square / Gramercy" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ Schapiro, Rich (2012-12-05). "Horrifying subway homicide causes parents to relive daughter's death". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 

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