33rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

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 33 Street
 "6" train "6" express train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
33rd Street IRT 007.JPG
Downtown platform with Arts for Transit artwork on the columns
Station statistics
Address East 33rd Street & Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Borough Manhattan
Locale Murray Hill, Kips Bay
Coordinates 40°44′47″N 73°58′55″W / 40.74639°N 73.98194°W / 40.74639; -73.98194Coordinates: 40°44′47″N 73°58′55″W / 40.74639°N 73.98194°W / 40.74639; -73.98194
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Services       4 late nights (late nights)
      6 all times (all times) <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M34 SBS, M34A SBS
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM1
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904 (113 years ago) (1904-10-27)[1]
Station code 403[2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3][4]
Passengers (2016) 9,577,123[5]Decrease 1.3%
Rank 34 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Grand Central – 42nd Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Grand Central (shuttle): no passenger service
Next south 28th Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

33rd Street Subway Station (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference # 04001014[6]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004

33rd Street is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Park Avenue and 33rd Street in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, it is served by the 6 train at all times, the <6> during weekdays in peak direction, and the 4 during late night hours.


Track layout

Construction started on the first IRT line in 1900.[7]:162–191 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 33rd Street.[1]

On April 13, 1948, the platform extensions to accommodate ten-car trains at this station along with those at 23rd Street, and 28th Street were opened for use.[8]

On December 27, 1948, a new entrance at 32nd Street to the 33rd Street station opened for use.[8]

Express stop proposals[edit]

It has been proposed several times–by the IRT and members of the public–that this station be rebuilt as an express stop to reduce overcrowding at the Grand Central–42nd Street station one stop to the north. It was estimated that the extra time spent by express trains at 33rd Street would be offset by the reduced dwell times at Grand Central.[9][10]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "6" express train weekday afternoons, "6" train other times toward Pelham Bay Park ("6" train toward Parkchester rush hours and middays) (Grand Central–42nd Street)
"4" train toward Woodlawn late nights (Grand Central–42nd Street)
Northbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here
Southbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here →
Southbound local "6" train "6" express train toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (28th Street)
"4" train toward New Lots Avenue late nights (28th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

There are four tracks and two side platforms, with the express tracks in the middle. The express tracks stay level, while the local tracks slowly incline from south to north to allow for the easier deceleration of local trains.[11] North of the station, the two pairs of tracks in each directions separate into different tunnels because of the presence of the Murray Hill Tunnel, which runs under the center of this section of Park Avenue. The station was renovated in the late 1990s or early 2000s, and contains eagle plaques similar to those at Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall. The plaques contain the numerals "33". Fare control is at the platform level. The station has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004.[6]


Exit location[12] Number of exits Platform served
NW corner of Park Avenue and 33rd Street 1 Southbound
SW corner of Park Avenue and 33rd Street 1 Southbound
NE corner of Park Avenue and 33rd Street 1 Northbound
SE corner of Park Avenue and 33rd Street 1 Northbound
SE corner of Park Avenue S and 32nd Street 2 Northbound
SW corner of Park Avenue S and 32nd Street 2 Southbound

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ a b New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Attached PDF to "Governor Cuomo Announces Wireless Service and New "Transit Wireless WiFi" in Queens and Manhattan Subway Stations", governor.ny.gov
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ Walker, James Blaine (1918). Fifty Years of Rapid Transit — 1864 to 1917. New York, N.Y.: Law Printing. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949. 
  9. ^ Supreme Court Appellate Division-Second Department. pp. 458–460. 
  10. ^ ERA Headlights. Electric Railroaders Association. 1956. 
  11. ^ Lavis, Fred (1914). "The New York Rapid Transit Railway Extensions". nycsubway.org. Engineering News. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  12. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Union Square / Gramercy" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 

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