72nd Street station (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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 72 Street
 "B" train"C" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Reopening of 72 St on B, C lines (31229203218).jpg
Uptown platform on the upper level
Station statistics
AddressWest 72nd Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
LocaleUpper West Side
Coordinates40°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
DivisionB (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 connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M10, M72
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM2
Platforms2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
Other information
OpenedSeptember 10, 1932 (87 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
ClosedMay 7, 2018; 17 months ago (2018-05-07) (reconstruction)
RebuiltOctober 4, 2018; 12 months ago (2018-10-04)
Station code160[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2018)1,382,963[4]Decrease 50.6%
Rank309 out of 424
Station succession
Next north81st Street–Museum of Natural History: A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights
Next south59th Street–Columbus Circle: A late nightsB 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. It is located at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side. It is served by the B on weekdays, the C train at all times except nights, and the A train during late nights only.


R68 B train at the station, prior to renovation

This station opened on September 10, 1932 as part of the opening of the first city-owned subway line, the IND Eighth Avenue Line. On this date, the line opened from Chambers Street north to 207th Street.[1][5] Construction of the whole line cost $191,200,000. While the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line already provided parallel service, the new Eighth Avenue subway via Central Park West provided an alternative route.[6]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for several months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[7][8] A request for proposals for the 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway–110th Street, and 163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue stations was issued on June 1, 2017,[9] and the New York City Transit and Bus Committee officially recommended that the MTA Board award the $111 million contract to ECCO III Enterprises in October 2017.[10] As part of the renovations, the station was closed from May 7, 2018,[11] to October 4, 2018.[12]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
B1 Northbound express "A" train "D" train do not stop here
Northbound local "B" train toward 145th Street weekdays, Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours (81st Street–Museum of Natural History)
"C" train toward 168th Street ("A" train toward Inwood–207th Street nights) (81st Street–Museum of Natural History)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
B2 Southbound express "A" train "D" train do not stop here →
Southbound local "B" train toward Brighton Beach weekdays (59th Street–Columbus Circle)
"C" train toward Euclid Avenue ("A" train toward Far Rockaway nights) (59th Street–Columbus Circle)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track layout
Upper level
Lower level

This underground station 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.[13]

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.[14] Directional signs in white lettering on a black background are below the name tablets.[15] Mosaic signs in white lettering on a blue background on the upper level direct passengers to the staircases going down to the lower level.[16]

72nd Street is the closest station to both the Dakota and the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park.[17][18]

The 2018 artwork at this station is "Sky", a ceramic artwork by Yoko Ono, who lived in the Dakota. The artwork consists of clouds against a blue backdrop, and commemorates Ono's late husband John Lennon, who was killed outside the Dakota in 1980.[19][17]


Entrance at 72nd Street following the renovations
Closed 71st Street entrance

Both fare control areas are on the upper level platform and two staircases, one adjacent to each area, go down to the lower level. The full-time one at 72nd Street is at the north end of the platform.[18] A staircase of four steps go down to a bank of three turnstiles that lead to a token booth. The other fare control area at 70th Street, at the station's south end, is unstaffed, containing High Entry/Exit Turnstiles.

Two staircases connect the two platforms. There are currently three exits to the following locations:

  • Both western corners (one staircase each) of West 72nd Street and Central Park West.[18] The northwest staircase, outside the Dakota apartment building, is made of stone.[20]
  • Southwest corner of West 70th Street and Central Park West.[18] This entrance had previously been closed,[21] but has since reopened.

Blue plywood walls and new tiling with a door[22] on the upper level indicate there was a third exit that led to West 71st Street.[23][24] Prior to the renovation of the station, further evidence of this exit's existence included directional signs with "71" that were covered or replaced with newer tiling and a fenced off staircase on the lower level.[25][26] During the renovation of the station, the exit and its accompanying staircase between the two platform levels was temporarily uncovered and used as an area to haul out construction debris; the street staircase has since been re-sealed and the staircase between the two platform levels was closed again.

In film[edit]

The station entrance is seen in the Blue's Clues episode "Shape Searchers" during mail time as kids looks for shapes.[27]


  1. ^ a b "List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line". The New York Times. September 10, 1932. p. 6.
  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. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ 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" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  6. ^ Duffus, R. l (September 9, 1932). "NEW LINE FIRST UNIT IN CITY-WIDE SYSTEM; 8th Av. Tube to Ease West Side Congestion at Once -- Branches to Link 4 Boroughs Later. LAST WORD IN SUBWAYS Run From 207th to Chambers St. Cut to 33 Minutes -- 42d St. Has World's Largest Station. COST HAS BEEN $191,200,000 Years of Digging Up City Streets, Tunneling Rock and Building Road Finally Brought to Completion". The New York Times. p. 12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. January 8, 2016. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  8. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Enhanced Stations Initiative Program; Contract A·36622C (Package 3) for Design & Construction at 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway (110th Street), and 163rd Street - Amsterdam Avenue Stations on the 8th Avenue Line (IND), Manhattan" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 1, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "New York City Transit and Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 23, 2017. p. 131. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 31, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Warerkar, Tanay (February 19, 2018). "MTA will shutter 4 Upper Manhattan subway stations for repairs". Curbed NY. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "72 St BC Station Reopens After Major Repairs to Steel and Concrete Structure, Functional Improvements". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 24, 2011). "The tiled off area of the former 71 Street entrance". subwaynut.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 22, 2009). "A 72ND St name tablet". subwaynut.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  16. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 22, 2009). "A downtown mosaic (the stop has none for uptown since fare control is on that platform)". subwaynut.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "MTA - Arts & Design | NYCT Permanent Art". web.mta.info. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  18. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  19. ^ Martinez, Jose (October 8, 2018). "The New 72nd Street Subway Station Features Art Designed by Yoko Ono". Spectrum News NY1 | New York City. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  20. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 22, 2009). "Before the stairs on the ornate staircase in front of the Dakota". subwaynut.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  21. ^ "Reopening Closed Subway Entrances" (PDF). pcac.org. New York City Transit Riders Council. November 2001. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  22. ^ http://indsecondsystem.weebly.com/72nd-st.html
  23. ^ "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  24. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 24, 2011). "A 72ND St name tablet with a 71 arrow that has had its sign covering removed beneath". subwaynut.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  25. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 22, 2009). "The dirty closed off staircase from the downtown platform to 71 Street". subwaynut.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  26. ^ Cox, Jeremiah. "The newer less yellowed wall with doors in it that was once the exit to 71 Street". subwaynut.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  27. ^ http://watchcartoonsonline.eu/watch/blues-clues-s5-ep3-shape-searchers/

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