East Broadway (IND Sixth Avenue Line)

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East Broadway
NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
East Broadway F - Platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address East Broadway & Rutgers Street
New York, NY 10002
Borough Manhattan
Locale Lower East Side
Coordinates 40°42′51″N 73°59′25″W / 40.714216°N 73.990259°W / 40.714216; -73.990259Coordinates: 40°42′51″N 73°59′25″W / 40.714216°N 73.990259°W / 40.714216; -73.990259
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services       F all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M9
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 1, 1936; 81 years ago (1936-01-01)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 4,576,662[2]Increase 4.5%
Rank 107 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Delancey Street: F all times
Next south York Street: F all times

East Broadway is a station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at East Broadway and Rutgers Street in the Lower East Side, it is served by the F train at all times.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Delancey St
to York St
G Street Level Exits / Entrances
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Mezzanine Open intermediate level between fare control and platforms
B3 Mezzanine[3] Closed intermediate level between fare control and platforms
B4 Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg toward Jamaica – 179th Street (Delancey Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (York Street)
Stair at southeast corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street

The station has one narrow, slightly curved island platform. There is an abandoned tower at the north end of the platform. The station has two mezzanines, four open staircases, three closed staircases, and one escalator. The full-time entrance at Madison Street has one street staircase, while the part-time entrance at Canal and Rutgers Streets has three. A passageway outside of fare control connects the two areas.

The tile band is medium Parma violet with a slightly darker border, set two tiles high. Captions below show the station name abbreviated as "E BWAY". The I-beams are painted a similar shade of violet. The trackside walls show a considerable pattern of aging and occasional water damage.

The 1992 artwork at this station is called Displacing Details by Noel Copeland, with assistance by students from the Henry Street Settlement.

There are many closed sections at East Broadway. There are restrooms that have been converted to office spaces. Inside fare control, the open intermediate level's mezzanine is split into two halves; the portion between the two halves was shuttered and is now used as maintenance space. Right below the open intermediate level is an entire closed intermediate level mezzanine, which now serves as storage space as well.[4] This closed mezzanine is accessible through fenced-off stairways at the either end of the station. A shuttered staircase in the middle of the platform level led to Henry Street.

Unfinished station[edit]

The north half of the open intermediate level mezzanine was designed to eventually become a station of the unbuilt IND Worth Street Line. A locked door, located in the north end of the mezzanine, reveals additional closed platform space and an electrical room that hides the rest of the trackway and platform space. In this closed space, the platform floor drops to the level of the intended westbound trackway for the unbuilt line.[5] The unused space runs for no more than fifteen feet before ending at a solid wall. Another door that leads to the electrical room hides the eastbound trackway. Near the north end of this station, a different ceiling structure angling across marks where the unbuilt subway would have gone.[6] The ramp that descends from the full-time side would have led to the same intermediate level, with a station facility in between, but that was never constructed. On the open intermediate level's mezzanine, the unusual spacing of some of the pillars marks where the line's platforms would have been placed.[7] The closed trackways are also accessible through the closed intermediate level mezzanine, though this level is somewhat lower than that of the trackways.

Exits[edit]

All exits are street stairs.

  • NE corner of Canal Street and Essex Street[8]
  • West side of Rutgers Street between Canal Street and East Broadway[8]
  • SE corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street[8]
  • NW corner of Madison Street and Rutgers Street[8]

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