72nd Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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72nd Street
NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Downtown platform on the lower level
Station statistics
Address West 72nd Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side
Coordinates 40°46′34″N 73°58′34″W / 40.776154°N 73.976011°W / 40.776154; -73.976011Coordinates: 40°46′34″N 73°58′34″W / 40.776154°N 73.976011°W / 40.776154; -73.976011
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A late nights (late nights)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M10, M72
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM2
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (84 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2015) 2,979,236[3]Decrease 1.2%
Rank 174 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 81st Street – Museum of Natural History: A late nights B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights
Next south 59th Street – Columbus Circle: A late nights B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights

72nd Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side, it is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service. The B train provides additional service here on weekdays except nights.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit / Entrance
B1 Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg do not stop here
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (81st Street – Museum of Natural History)
NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward 168th Street (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward 207th Street late nights) (81st Street – Museum of Natural History)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
B2 Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg do not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Brighton Beach (59th Street – Columbus Circle)
NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward Far Rockaway late nights) (59th Street – Columbus Circle)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track layout
Upper level
to 81 St–AMNH
Lower level
to 59 St–Columbus Cir

This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932,[1][4] has two levels, each of which has from west to east, one side platform, one local track and one express track. Northbound trains stop on the upper level while southbound trains stop on the lower level.

Both platforms have name tablets reading "72ND ST." in white sans serif lettering on a blue background and black border and small "72" signs in white numbering on a black background at regular intervals. Directional signs in white lettering on a black background are below the name tablets. Mosaic signs in white lettering on a blue background on the upper level direct passengers to the staircases going down to the lower level.

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.[5][6]


Name tablets
R68 B train at the station

This station's main fare control area is at the north end. Two staircases from the lower level go up to the upper level, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going up to either western corners of 72nd Street and Central Park West.[7][8] The northwest staircase, outside the Dakota apartment building, is made of stone.

This station has an unstaffed fare control area at the south end. One staircase from the lower level goes up to the upper level, where two HEET turnstiles lead to a single staircase going up to the southwest corner of 70th Street and Central Park West.[7][8] This entrance had previously been closed,[7] but has since reopened.

This station formerly had a fare control area at the center going up to 71st Street.[9] Evidence of this includes a fenced off staircase on the lower level and new tiling on the upper level.

In Film[edit]

The subway station entrance is seen in a Blue's Clues episode Shape Searchers during mail time as kids looks for shapes. [10]


  1. ^ a b New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  4. ^ Crowell, Paul (September 10, 1932). "Gay Midnight Crowd Rides First Trains In The New Subway: Throngs at Station an Hour Before Time, Rush Turnstiles When Chains are Dropped". New York Times. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  6. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  7. ^ a b c "Reopening Closed Subway Entrances" (PDF). pcac.org. New York City Transit Riders Council. November 2001. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  10. ^ http://watchcartoonsonline.eu/watch/blues-clues-s5-ep3-shape-searchers/

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