23rd Street (IND Sixth Avenue Line)

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For the station in Queens also served by the M train, see Court Square–23rd Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line). For other uses, see 23rd Street.
23rd Street
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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A Holiday Train at the station
Station statistics
Address West 23rd Street & Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Borough Manhattan
Locale Chelsea, Gramercy
Coordinates 40°44′35″N 73°59′34″W / 40.742933°N 73.992877°W / 40.742933; -73.992877Coordinates: 40°44′35″N 73°59′34″W / 40.742933°N 73.992877°W / 40.742933; -73.992877
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services       F all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M7, M23 SBS, M55
Port Authority Trans-Hudson PATH: JSQ–33, HOB–33, JSQ–33 (via HOB) (at 23rd Street)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened December 15, 1940 (76 years ago) (1940-12-15)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1][2]
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 8,942,154[3]Increase 3%
Rank 38 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 34th Street–Herald Square: F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south 14th Street: F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.

23rd Street is a local station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, it is served by the F train at all times, and by the M train on weekdays. This station and 14th Street are the only two local stations on the Sixth Avenue Line.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
PATH to 33 St
6 Av Line
to 34 St–Herald Sq
6 Av Line to 14 St
PATH to 14 St
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1
Sixth Avenue Line/PATH platforms
West Mezzanine Fare control, MetroCard vending machines
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (14th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue (14th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound PATH      HOB–33 toward Hoboken Terminal (14th Street)
     JSQ–33 toward Journal Square (14th Street)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward Journal Square (14th Street)
Northbound PATH      HOB–33 toward 33rd Street (Terminus)
     JSQ–33 toward 33rd Street (Terminus)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward 33rd Street (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg toward Jamaica – 179th Street (34th Street – Herald Square)
NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (34th Street – Herald Square)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
East Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
B2 - Crossunder to PATH station platforms
B3
Lower level
[4]
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg do not stop here
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg do not stop here →
Combined New York City Subway and PATH entrance on the southeast corner of 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue
Mockup of station entrance after proposed 2015–2019 Capital Program renovation

This station opened on December 15, 1940 as part of the opening of the IND Sixth Avenue Line from 47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center to West Fourth Street.[5]

There are two tracks and two side platforms; no crossover, crossunder or mezzanine exist to allow a free transfer between directions. The PATH tracks, which were built forty years before the Sixth Avenue Line, are behind the trackway walls where there would typically be the express tracks. The Sixth Avenue PATH tracks are on top of the express tracks, which were constructed in the mid-1960s using the "deep-bore" tunneling method and both are not visible from the station.[4] The tile band is lime green. The tile band on the track walls appears to be obscured by support beams directly underneath 23rd Street.

On the express tracks on the lower level, the deep-bore tunnel's round shape becomes square below this station and at 14th Street stations, where provisions for lower level platforms were built.

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]

Exits[edit]

The northbound platform has exits on the east side of 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue, while the southbound platform has exits to the west side. Each side of the station has four street staircases on the corresponding side of Sixth Avenue, two to each corner.[8] The station also features direct indoor entrances to the 23rd Street PATH station on both sides; the northbound platform has a direct entrance to the 33rd Street-bound PATH, while the southbound platform has a direct entrance to the New Jersey-bound PATH. The southern entrances on each side appear to be part of the original 1911 PATH entrances.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ Attached PDF to "Governor Cuomo Announces Wireless Service and New "Transit Wireless WiFi" in Queens and Manhattan Subway Stations", governor.ny.gov
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b nycsubway.org – IND 6th Avenue: 23rd Street
  5. ^ "New Subway Line on 6th Ave. Opens at Midnight Fete". The New York Times. December 15, 1940. p. 1. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Chelsea" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 

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