Lexington Avenue/51st Street (New York City Subway)

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 Lexington Avenue/51 Street
 "6" train "6" express train​​ "E" train"M" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station complex
E51 St IRT sta jeh.jpg
50th Street entrance to IRT southbound platform
Station statistics
Address East 53rd Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates 40°45′25″N 73°58′19″W / 40.757075°N 73.971977°W / 40.757075; -73.971977Coordinates: 40°45′25″N 73°58′19″W / 40.757075°N 73.971977°W / 40.757075; -73.971977
Division A (IRT), B (IND)
Line       IRT Lexington Avenue Line
IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       4 late nights (late nights)
      6 all times (all times) <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)​
      E all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: , M50, M101, M102, M103
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM1
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Other information
Opened December 11, 1988; 29 years ago (1988-12-11)[1]
Station code 612[2]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 18,940,774 (station complex)[4]Decrease 5%
Rank 9 out of 425

Lexington Avenue/51st Street is a New York City Subway station complex on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line and IND Queens Boulevard Line. Located on Lexington Avenue and stretching from 51st Street to 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan, it is served by the:

  • 6 and E trains at all times
  • M trains during weekdays
  • <6> trains during weekdays in the peak direction
  • 4 trains during late nights

The complex comprises two separate stations: 51st Street (Lexington Avenue Line) and Lexington Avenue–53rd Street (Queens Boulevard Line).

In 2016, the station complex was ranked eleventh in ridership, with 19,929,405 passengers entering the station.[4] It is planned for the 55th Street station from Phase 3 of the Second Avenue Subway to connect to this complex.

Originally two separate stations, the Lexington Avenue–53rd Street IND station and 51st Street IRT station are now connected via a transfer passage, which was opened in 1988 upon the completion of 599 Lexington Avenue.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at NE corner of 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue)
B1
Lexington Avenue Line platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local "6" train "6" express train toward Pelham Bay Park ("6" train toward Parkchester rush hours and middays) (59th Street)
"4" train toward Woodlawn (late nights) (59th Street)
Southbound local "6" train "6" express train toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall ("4" train toward New Lots Avenue late nights) (Grand Central–42nd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B2 Northbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here
Southbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here →
B3
Queens Boulevard Line platforms
Southbound "E" train toward World Trade Center (Fifth Avenue/53rd Street)
"M" train toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue (Fifth Avenue/53rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound "E" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (Court Square–23rd Street)
"M" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Court Square–23rd Street)

A shopping arcade outside fare control leads to a staircase and elevator inside the south side of 132 East 53rd Street that go up to the northeast corner of East 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue. There is a token booth and turnstile bank leading to the passageway between the two lines, which was added in 1989. Outside fare control under the Citigroup Center, there are two stairs and an elevator. The passageway extends to the staircases and escalators going down to the IND platform and contains a turnstile bank in the center.[5] In 2003, as part of efforts to ease crowding in the station, a mezzanine was added to connect the passageway to the Third Avenue end of the IND station.[6] About 50,000 riders transfer between the Lexington Avenue and Queens Boulevard Lines each weekday.[7]

IRT Lexington Avenue Line platforms[edit]

 51 Street
 "6" train "6" express train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
51st Street IRT 001.JPG
Downtown local platform
Station statistics
Address

East 51st Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

40°45′25″N 73°58′19″W / 40.757075°N 73.971977°W / 40.757075; -73.971977
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Services       4 late nights (late nights)
      6 all times (all times) <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 17, 1918; 100 years ago (1918-07-17)
Station code 401[2]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Station succession
Next north 59th Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south Grand Central–42nd Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north 125th Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Grand Central–42nd Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Track layout

51st Street on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, opened on July 17, 1918, is a local station with two local tracks and two side platforms. The two express tracks, used by the 4 and 5 trains during daytime hours, pass through a lower level and are not visible from the platforms. Both platforms have emergency exits from the lower level express tracks.

The station features modern beige bricks over the original tiles, but the standard IRT-style mosaics remain intact. There is a crossunder at the extreme north end of the platforms with an elevator on each side and an up-only escalator on the Brooklyn Bridge-bound side. A ceramic artwork called Tunnel Vision by Nina Yankowitz was installed here in 1989.

The passageway to the IND Queens Boulevard Line is on the extreme north end of the northbound platform, with a crossunder to the southbound side. This crossunder features stairs and an up-only escalators.

The platforms are approximately 25 feet below street level and the station's full-time fare control areas are at the center of each. A staircase of seven steps goes up to a turnstile bank, with a token booth and two exits to each corner on each side outside fare control.

This station is the southernmost station on the Lexington Avenue Line to be directly under Lexington Avenue itself. South of here, the line shifts slightly westward to Park Avenue.

Exits[edit]

The southbound platform has a part-time fare control area near the south end. A seven-step staircase goes up to a turnstile bank. Outside fare control, there is a customer assistance booth and one staircase going up to the front entrance of the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel on the southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 50th Street.[8][5] The New York Public Library's Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral Branch is located within this exit, just outside of fare control. The 2,100-square-foot (200 m2) branch, the second smallest in the NYPL system, became part of the New York Public Library in 1992. Before that, it was a library for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.[9]

At Lexington Avenue and 51st Street, eight stairs go up to all four corners of that intersection (two to each corner). The eastern stairs serve the northbound platform, and the western stairs serve the southbound platform.[5]

Image gallery[edit]

IND Queens Boulevard Line platform[edit]

 Lexington Avenue–53 Street
 "E" train"M" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
Lexington Av - 53rd Street - Platform.jpg
Looking south on the platform leading to the transfer
Station statistics
Address

Lexington Avenue & East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022

40°45′30″N 73°58′16″W / 40.758343°N 73.971033°W / 40.758343; -73.971033
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.)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened August 19, 1933; 85 years ago (1933-08-19)[10][11]
Station code 275[2]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Former/other names Lexington–3rd Avenues
Station succession
Next east Court Square–23rd Street: E all timesM weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next west Fifth Avenue/53rd Street: E all timesM weekdays until 11:00 p.m.


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 east Queens Plaza: E all timesM weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 west 50th Street (via Queens Blvd): E all times (southbound only)
47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center (via 6th): M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Track layout

Lexington Avenue–53rd Street on the IND Queens Boulevard Line opened on August 19, 1933[10][11] and has two tracks and one island platform. It was built 70 feet (21 m) below street level, as the line had to pass beneath all of the north–south subway lines that were built before it. As a result, long escalators and staircases are required to reach the mezzanine from the platform.[10][11]

There are no tiles, trim line, or mosaics on the track walls. East of this station (railroad north), the line goes under the East River to Long Island City, Queens.

Exits[edit]

This station has an unstaffed entrance/exit at the east (railroad north) end. One escalator and one elevator from the platform goes up to a turnstile bank, where two staircases go up to either western corners of Third Avenue and 53rd Street. A larger staircase goes up to the entrance plaza of 205 East 53rd Street at the northeast corner, and there is also an entrance/exit from under the southeast-corner building. The original name, Lexington–3rd Avenues, came from this exit.[5]

At the extreme west (railroad south) end of the platform, a bank of two escalators and one staircase (which were once the longest in the world), a single escalator, and one ADA-accessible elevator go up to the full-time mezzanine with a token booth, where a turnstile bank provide entrance/exit from the station. One glass-enclosed staircase goes up to the entrance plaza of 132 East 53rd Street at the southeast corner of Lexington Avenue. A larger staircase goes up to a sunken shopping plaza of the Citigroup Center at the northeast corner of the aforementioned intersection.[5]

Artwork[edit]

In 1976, with funding from the Exxon Corporation, this station, as well as three others citywide, received new "artfully humorous graffiti" murals and artwork.[12] Local designer Sperling Elman Inc. received $5,000 to place a new coat of paint on the entrances. The paint was placed "in a variety of colors and in broad stripes."[12]

The 2004 artwork here is called Passing Through by Al Held. It features glass mosaic on the mezzanine walls.

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guide to December 11, 1988, version of the New York City Subway map
  2. ^ a b c "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midtown East/Grand Central" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Feldman, Jason. "Contractors Construct 200-ft.-long Mezzanine Under 53rd St". New York Construction. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Potential East Midtown Transit Improvements" (PDF). www.cb5.org. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 2012. p. 28. Retrieved February 8, 2018. 
  8. ^ Station Reporter — 51st Street/Lexington Avenue Complex Archived July 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Kilgannon, Corey (2010-10-24). "A New York Public Library Branch That's a Commuter's Secret". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-01-26. 
  10. ^ a b c "New Queens Subway Service Will Be Launched Tonight; Tunnel From Manhattan Open to Jackson Heights; Service Will Eventually Be Extended Through To Jamaica". Long Island Daily Press. Fultonhistory.com. August 18, 1933. p. 20. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c "New Queens Tube To Open Saturday: Brooklyn-Long Island City Link of City Line Also to Be Put in Operation". New York Evening Post. Fultonhistory.com. August 17, 1933. p. 18. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Burks, Edward C. (November 18, 1976). "A Subway Elongatomus? Why, It's Preposterous!". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 

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