72nd Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)

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72nd Street
NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Original Control house (left) and newer Control house, located on opposite sides of 72nd Street
Station statistics
Address area of West 72nd Street, Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side
Coordinates 40°46′44″N 73°58′55″W / 40.779°N 73.982°W / 40.779; -73.982Coordinates: 40°46′44″N 73°58′55″W / 40.779°N 73.982°W / 40.779; -73.982
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 all times (all times)
      3 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M5, M7, M11, M57, M72, M104
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM2
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 111 years ago (1904-10-27)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Passengers (2015) 13,341,361[3]Decrease 0.3%
Rank 22 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 79th Street (local): 1 all times 2 late nights
96th Street (express): 2 all except late nights 3 all times
Next south 66th Street – Lincoln Center (local): 1 all times 2 late nights
Times Square – 42nd Street (express): 2 all except late nights 3 all times

Next Handicapped/disabled access north 96th Street: 1 all times 2 all times 3 all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south 66th Street – Lincoln Center (local): 1 all times 2 late nights
Times Square – 42nd Street (express): 2 all except late nights 3 all times

Control House on 72nd Street
MPS Interborough Rapid Transit Subway Control Houses TR
NRHP Reference # 80002684[4]
Added to NRHP May 6, 1980
72nd Street Subway Station (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 04001017[4]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004

72nd Street is an express station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Broadway, 72nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue (including Verdi Square and Sherman Square) on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It is served by the 1, 2 and 3 trains at all times.


Uptown island platform

The 72nd Street station opened on October 27, 1904, as part of the original subway, with trains running from Brooklyn Bridge to 145th Street. The original configuration of the station was inadequate by IRT standards. It had just one entrance (the Control house on the traffic island between 71st and 72nd Streets, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and the platforms and stairways were unusually narrow. There were no crossovers or crossunders as the control house had separate turnstile banks and token booths for each side. Express trains ran on the innermost two tracks, while local trains ran on the outer pair.

During the 1950s, the New York City Transit Authority (now MTA) considered converting the station to a local station by walling off the express tracks from the platforms. This would have coincided with 59th Street – Columbus Circle, which is a major transfer point to the IND Eighth Avenue Line, becoming an express stop.

A substantial renovation was completed on October 29, 2002, providing a new, larger control house on the traffic island between 72nd and 73rd Streets and slightly wider platforms at the north end of the station. This control house has two staircases and one elevator from each platform going up to a crossover, where on either side a turnstile bank leads to either 72nd or 73rd Streets. Only the southern turnstile bank has a staffed token booth and the elevators make this station ADA-accessible.[5] This control house has an artwork, Laced Canopy by Robert Hickman, which consists of a mosaic pattern on the central skylight; if looked at in the right way, the knots within the pattern make up the notation for an excerpt of Verdi's Rigoletto. The original control house was renovated and now has a total of five staircases: two to the southbound platform and three to the northbound platform. These staircases go up to a crossover, where on the north side, an unstaffed turnstile bank leads to 72nd Street and on the south side, three High Entry/Exit Turnstiles lead to 71st Street. This control house has artful wrought iron pillars, dating back to the days of the original subway system, as well as decorated ceiling beams.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevators inside station house on north side of 72nd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
Platform level
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward Van Cortlandt Park (NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward 241st Street late nights) (79th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Wakefield – 241st Street (96th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg toward Harlem – 148th Street (96th Street)
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (Times Square – 42nd Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square – 42nd Street late nights) (Times Square – 42nd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward South Ferry (NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College late nights) (66th Street – Lincoln Center) →

At platform level, the station is similar to its original configuration, with two narrow island platforms and four tracks. There are two station houses, both of which provide entry and exit: the original station house south of 72nd Street, and the new one north of 72nd Street. However, the crossovers and elevator are only in the northernmost station house.



  1. ^ New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless - Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  4. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "New Headhouse Opens at West 72nd Street" (Press release). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2002-10-29. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 

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