Fifth Avenue/53rd Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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Fifth Avenue/53rd Street
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
5th Avenue - 53rd Street - Downtown Platform.jpg
Upper level platform
Station statistics
Address Fifth Avenue & 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates 40°45′37″N 73°58′33″W / 40.760326°N 73.975754°W / 40.760326; -73.975754Coordinates: 40°45′37″N 73°58′33″W / 40.760326°N 73.975754°W / 40.760326; -73.975754
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       E all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, Q32
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 2 (1 on each level)
Other information
Opened August 19, 1933; 83 years ago (1933-08-19)
Accessibility Same-platform wheelchair transfer available
Wireless service Wi-Fi[1]
Passengers (2015) 7,597,212[2]Increase 0.7%
Rank 57 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Lexington Avenue–53rd Street: E all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south Seventh Avenue (8th Avenue): E all times
47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center (6th Avenue): M weekdays until 11:00 p.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.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward World Trade Center (Seventh Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue (47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
B3 Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward Jamaica Center (Lexington Avenue–53rd Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Lexington Avenue–53rd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track layout
to Lex Av–53 St
Superimposed tracks section
(Left track above right one)
to 47–50 Sts
to 7 Av
Upper level
Lower level

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 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[3]

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[edit]

Image gallery[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The cover picture of the Simon & Garfunkel album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. was taken at this station.


  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  3. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midtown" (PDF). Metropolitan Transit Authority. 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 

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