23rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
|Address||East 23rd Street & Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
|Locale||Gramercy, Rose Hill|
|Line||IRT Lexington Avenue Line|
|Services||4 (late nights)
6 (all times) <6> (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
|Transit connections|| New York City Bus: M1, M2, M3, M23, X2, X5, X14, X42
MTA Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, QM21
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||October 27, 1904 |
|Passengers (2015)||8,627,481 4.5%|
|Rank||42 out of 422|
|Next north||28th Street: 4 6 <6>|
|Next south||14th Street–Union Square: 4 6 <6>
18th Street (closed): no regular service
23rd Street is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Park Avenue South and 23rd Street in Manhattan, it is served by 6 trains at all times, <6> trains during weekdays in the peak direction, and 4 trains during late night hours.
Construction started on the first IRT line in 1900. The part of the line from City Hall to just south of 42nd Street was part of the original IRT line, opened on October 27, 1904 including a local station at 23rd Street.
As of late 2014, construction is ongoing to install elevators in the station. To make room for the elevator that will serve the Northbound platform, the Northbound staircase on the northeastern corner of Park Avenue and 23rd Street had to be demolished, and rebuilt/relocated a few feet down the street. The relocated staircase opened in August 2015. The construction is expected to be completed in August 2016. 
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound local||← toward Pelham Bay Park ( toward Parkchester rush hours and middays) (28th Street)
← toward Woodlawn late nights (28th Street)
|Northbound express||← do not stop here|
|Southbound express||→ do not stop here →|
|Southbound local||→ toward Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall ( toward New Lots Avenue late nights) (14th Street–Union Square (no service: 18th Street)) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This is a typical local station with four tracks and two side platforms. During station renovations in 1988, the beige tiles were removed and the original white ones restored. It has IND-style signs indicating the way to 22nd and 23rd Streets. An ornate fare control grille on the southbound side is a piece of artwork entitled Long Division by artist Valerie Jaudon, which was installed during the renovation. The station features a back-lit "23rd Street/Park Avenue South" sign at the platform level fare control. There is a low tiled wall at the 22nd Street end which is probably a remnant of a closed crossunder.
The station features modern features such as emergency communication systems, vendors on both south and north bound sides, and Wi-Fi, connecting the communications system with the NYPD Emergency direct line. The station does not contain restrooms.
|Exit location||Number of exits||Platform served|
|320 Park Avenue South
(west side between 23rd and 24th Streets)
|1||Southbound (open 7am – 7pm, weekdays)|
|NW corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street, in the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower||1||Southbound|
|SW corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street||2||Southbound|
|NE corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street||1||Northbound|
|SE corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street||2||Northbound|
|NW corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street||1||Southbound|
|SW corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street||1||Southbound|
|NE corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street||1||Northbound|
|SE corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street||1||Northbound|
- New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
- "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- Attached PDF to "Governor Cuomo Announces Wireless Service and New "Transit Wireless WiFi" in Queens and Manhattan Subway Stations", governor.ny.gov
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
- "www.nycsubway.org". www.nycsubway.org.
- Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
- Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 23rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line).|
- nycsubway.org – IRT East Side Line: 23rd Street
- Station Reporter — 6 Train
- Forgotten NY — Original 28 - NYC's First 28 Subway Stations
- MTA's Arts For Transit — 23rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
- 23rd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- 22nd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View