59th Street (IRT Third Avenue Line)

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59th Street
Former New York City Subway rapid transit station
Looking south on Third Avenue from the 59th Street 8d22163v.jpg
Southbound View of 59th Street station
Station statistics
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan, Upper East Side
Coordinates 40°45′41.4″N 73°57′59.6″W / 40.761500°N 73.966556°W / 40.761500; -73.966556Coordinates: 40°45′41.4″N 73°57′59.6″W / 40.761500°N 73.966556°W / 40.761500; -73.966556
Services IRT Third Avenue Line
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
(1 – upper level)
(2 – lower level)
Other information
Opened September 16, 1878; 138 years ago (September 16, 1878)
Closed May 12, 1955; 61 years ago (May 12, 1955)
Station succession
Next north 67th Street
Next south 53rd Street

59th Street was a local station on the demolished IRT Third Avenue Line. It was built on September 16, 1878, and had two levels. The lower level was served by local trains and had two tracks and two side platforms. It was built first. The upper level was built as part of the Dual Contracts and had one track for express trains. Due to its location along the east side of the headquarters for Bloomingdale's, the station was also known as "Bloomingdale's Station." The station was also the first rapid transit stop in the city to have an escalator, installed in September 1901.[1] This station closed on May 12, 1955, with the ending of all service on the Third Avenue El south of 149th Street.[2]