Fifth Avenue/53rd Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
|Fifth Avenue/53rd Street
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
Upper level platform
|Address||Fifth Avenue & 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||E (all times)
M (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, Q32|
|Platforms||2 side platforms (1 on each level)|
|Tracks||2 (1 on each level)|
|Opened||August 19, 1933|
|Accessibility||Same-platform wheelchair transfer available|
|Passengers (2015)||7,597,212 0.7%|
|Rank||57 out of 422|
|Next north||Lexington Avenue–53rd Street: E M|
|Next south||Seventh Avenue (8th Avenue): E
47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center (6th Avenue): M
Fifth Avenue/53rd Street is a station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street in Manhattan, it is served by the E train at all times and the M train weekdays except late nights.
|B1||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|B2||Southbound||← toward World Trade Center (Seventh Avenue)
← toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue (47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center)
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|B3||Northbound||→ toward Jamaica Center (Lexington Avenue–53rd Street) →
→ toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Lexington Avenue–53rd Street) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This underground station, opened on August 19, 1933, has two levels with the upper level serving trains bound for Lower Manhattan and the lower level serving trains bound for Queens. Each level has one track and one side platform. The upper level, built in a tube design, is approximately 60 feet below street level while the lower level is 80 feet below. Staircases connect each level at either ends.
The station has two entrances/exits. The full-time one is at the west (railroad south) end. Two long escalators and one staircase goes up to a turnstile bank, where a token booth is present. A passageway leads to two staircases going up to either eastern corners of Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street. There is another staircase that leads to the underground shopping arcade of 666 Fifth Avenue.
The station has a part-time entrance/exit at the east (railroad north) end that has a turnstile bank, customer assistance booth, and two staircases, both of which are built within underground shopping arcades, going up to either eastern corner of Madison Avenue and 53rd Street.
There is a junction west of this station that is controlled by a tower on the south end of the upper level platform. E trains continue west along 53rd Street while M trains turn south and enter the IND Sixth Avenue Line.
In 1996, Ralph Fasanella's 1950 painting "Subway Riders" was installed. It is one of the few oil paintings in the world permanently on view in a public transportation center. It is located outside fare control in the full-time mezzanine.
Notable places nearby
- Austrian Cultural Forum New York
- La Grenouille
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- Museum of Modern Art
- Donnell Library Center
- Paley Center for Media
- Trump Tower
In popular culture
- "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midtown" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transit Authority. 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 5th Avenue/53rd Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line).|
- nycsubway.org – IND Queens Boulevard Line: 5th Avenue/53rd Street
- Station Reporter — E Train
- Station Reporter — M Train
- MTA's Arts For Transit — 5th Avenue/53rd Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
- Fifth Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Madison Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Upper platform from Google Maps Street View