First Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line)

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First Avenue
"L" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
1st Avenue BMT IMG 9163.JPG
Station statistics
Address First Avenue & East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
Borough Manhattan
Locale East Village, Gramercy, Stuyvesant Town
Coordinates 40°43′53″N 73°58′57″W / 40.731324°N 73.982577°W / 40.731324; -73.982577Coordinates: 40°43′53″N 73°58′57″W / 40.731324°N 73.982577°W / 40.731324; -73.982577
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M14A, M14D, M15 (northbound), M15 Select Bus Service (northbound)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened June 30, 1924; 93 years ago (1924-06-30)
Rebuilt July 1, 2019; 21 months' time (2019-07-01) to December 31, 2020; 3 years' time (2020-12-31)
Station code 119[1]
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2016) 7,660,896[3]Decrease 0.5%
Rank 54 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Third Avenue: L all times
Next south Bedford Avenue: L all times

First Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of First Avenue and East 14th Street at the border of Gramercy, Stuyvesant Town, and East Village in Manhattan, it is served by the L train at all times.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 3 Av
to Bedford Av
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "L" train toward Eighth Avenue (Third Avenue)
Southbound "L" train toward Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway (Bedford Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This station opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the 14th Street–Eastern Line, which ran from Sixth Avenue under the East River and through Williamsburg to Montrose Avenue and Bushwick Avenues.[4][5]

This is the easternmost Canarsie Line station in Manhattan. East of here, the line travels under the East River to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This station has two side platforms and two tracks. The platforms are columnless and have the standard BMT style trim-line and name tablets. The former contains "1" tablets in standard intervals while the latter consists of "FIRST AVE" in Times New Roman font.

In September 1983 this station was the site of a New York City Transit Police arrest of a black vandal, Michael Stewart, who was writing graffiti on the station wall, and who later died in police custody. Six of the police officers involved, all of them white, were acquitted by an all-white jury.[6]


This station's only entrances/exits are at the extreme west (railroad north) end. From each platform, a single staircase goes up to a small mezzanine that contains a turnstile bank, token booth, and two street stairs to the east side of First Avenue at 14th Street. The ones on the Eighth Avenue-bound platform lead to the northeast corner while the ones on the Brooklyn-bound platform lead to the southeast corner. Each mezzanine has two exits to street level (this is the only difference between this station and the next station west, Third Avenue, whose platforms have no mezzanines and only one exit each). There is no free transfer between directions and the mezzanine on the Brooklyn-bound side has a florist shop outside fare control.[7]

In 2019, as part of the wide scope in the rebuilding of the Canarsie Tubes that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going to build new station entrances on both sides of Avenue A to improve service for people living in Stuyvesant Town and the Lower East Side. New elevators would be built in the station.[8][9]

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  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Subway Tunnel Through". The New York Times. August 8, 1919. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Celebrate Opening of Subway Link". The New York Times. July 1, 1924. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "MTA Neighborhood Maps: East Village" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ "MTA - Press Release - NYC Transit - MTA Seeks Federal Funds to Increase Capacity on Canarsie L Line". Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  9. ^ " | Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later". Retrieved 2016-06-05. 

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