50th Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)

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50th Street
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Downtown platform
Station statistics
Address West 50th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates 40°45′40″N 73°59′02″W / 40.761°N 73.984°W / 40.761; -73.984Coordinates: 40°45′40″N 73°59′02″W / 40.761°N 73.984°W / 40.761; -73.984
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 late nights (late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 110 years ago (1904-10-27)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Passengers (2014) 8,450,496[3]Increase 4.7%
Rank 43 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 59th Street – Columbus Circle: 1 all times 2 late nights
Next south Times Square – 42nd Street: 1 all times 2 late nights Times Square: no regular service

50th Street is a local station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 50th Street and Broadway at the northwest corner of the Theater District, it is served by the 1 train at all times, and by the 2 train during late nights.

This station has four tracks with two side platforms. It was the first west-side station constructed as part of Contract I, the original New York City Subway construction contract, which opened in 1904. Original tile plaques at this station were removed during remodeling, but one of them has been preserved at the New York Transit Museum.

Each platform has same-level fare control at the center and there are no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfer between directions. Each fare control area has a token booth, turnstile bank, and newsstand. The northbound has four staircases to the streets, one of which is built inside a building. The southbound platform has an exit to an underground shopping arcade on the south side of 50th Street and another to the southern sunken courtyard of Paramount Plaza.

The station is home to Liliana Porter's Alice, The Way Out, a series of mosaics installed in 1994 depicting characters from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. [4]

On September 7, 1987, Alex Cumba fell onto the tracks of the 50th Street station.[5] Bystanders Edwin Ortiz, Jeff Kuhn, and Melvin Shadd jumped onto the tracks and attempted to lift Cumba back onto the platform, which was difficult due to Cumba's weight. The three were able to remove Cumba seconds before the train arrived. A recreation of the story aired on Rescue 911 on September 17, 1991.[6][7]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street (NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward 241st Street late nights) (59th Street – Columbus Circle)
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg do not stop here
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg do not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward South Ferry (NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Brooklyn College late nights) (Times Square – 42nd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right



  1. ^ New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
  2. ^ NYC Subway Wireless
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Arts for Transit and Urban Design". MTA Info. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "3 Rescue Unconscious Man From Subway Tracks". The New York Times. 1987-09-06. 
  6. ^ Rescue 911 Episode Guide - Rescue 911 Season Episodes - TV.com
  7. ^ The New York Times (September 6, 1987). "3 Men Rescue Unconscious Man From Subway Tracks". Retrieved June 30, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to 50th Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons