125th Street (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)

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125th Street
"1" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
125th Street - Platforms.jpg
Station statistics
Address West 125th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Borough Manhattan
Locale Harlem, Morningside Heights
Coordinates 40°48′54″N 73°57′29″W / 40.815°N 73.958°W / 40.815; -73.958Coordinates: 40°48′54″N 73°57′29″W / 40.815°N 73.958°W / 40.815; -73.958
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M4, M104, Bx15
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 112 years ago (1904-10-27)[1]
Former/other names Manhattan Street
Passengers (2016) 2,524,125[2]Decrease 1.2%
Rank 198 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 137th Street–City College: 1 all times
Next south 116th Street–Columbia University: 1 all times

IRT Broadway Line Viaduct (a.k.a.; Manhattan Valley Viaduct)
NRHP Reference # 83001749[3]
Added to NRHP September 15, 1983

125th Street (formerly Manhattan Street), is a local station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 125th Street and Broadway, where Morningside Heights meets Harlem in an area known as Manhattanville, it is served by the 1 train at all times. The station is the southernmost elevated station on the line, the southernmost one in Manhattan, and the only one south of Dyckman Street.


Track layout
to 137 St
to 116 St

Operation of the first subway began on October 27, 1904, with the opening of the original 28 stations of the New York City Subway from City Hall to 145th Street on the West Side Branch including the 125th Street station.[4][5]

In 1948, platforms on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line from 103rd Street to 238th Street were lengthened to 514 feet to allow full ten-car express trains to platform. Previously the stations could only platform six car local trains. The platform extensions were opened in stages. The platform extensions at 125th Street opened on June 11, 1948.[6][7]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "1" train toward Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street (137th Street)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Southbound local "1" train toward South Ferry (116th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
The station seen up close from Broadway.

This is the only station on the short elevated Manhattan Valley Viaduct, which bridges Manhattanville from 122nd to 135th Streets and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983.[3] This viaduct allows the trains to remain relatively level and avoid steep grades while traversing the valley. The overall length is 2,174 feet (663 m) and the steel arch across 125th Street is 168.5 feet (51.4 m) long.[8]

This station was part of the original subway. It has two side platforms and three tracks. The center track is not used in revenue service. Both platforms have beige windscreens and red canopies with windows and green frames and outlines in the center that were installed in a 2003 renovation. On either side, there are red, waist-high, ironwork fences.


This station has one elevated station house at the center of the platforms and tracks. Two staircases from each side go down to a waiting area/crossunder, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and an enclosed passageway on the west side leading to two escalators going down to the west side of Broadway, diverging in opposite directions. One escalator leads to 125th Street while the other leads to Tiemann Place. On the east side of the station house, another enclosed passageway leads to an escalator facing south and going down to the southeast corner of Broadway and 125th Street. Adjacent to this passageway is an "L" shaped staircase with its upper half directly above Broadway and the lower half beneath the enclosed escalator going to the same corner of the intersection.[9]

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  1. ^ "Our Subway Open, 150,000 Try It; Mayor McClellan Runs the First Official Train". New York Times. October 28, 1904. p. 1. Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ James Blaine Walker, Fifty Years of Rapid Transit, 1864-1917, published 1918, pp. 162-191
  5. ^ "New York City subway opens - Oct 27, 1904". history.com. October 27, 1904. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949. 
  7. ^ "More Long Platforms – Five Subway Stations on IRT to Accommodate 10-Car Trains". The New York Times. July 10, 1948. p. 8. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ Guide to Civil Engineering Projects In and Around New York City (2nd ed.). Metropolitan Section, American Society of Civil Engineers. 2009. pp. 90–91. 
  9. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Morningside Heights" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 

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