Prince Street (BMT Broadway Line)

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 Prince Street
 "R" train"W" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
Prince Street Platform.JPG
Station statistics
Address Prince Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Borough Manhattan
Locale SoHo
Coordinates 40°43′27″N 73°59′52″W / 40.724202°N 73.997812°W / 40.724202; -73.997812Coordinates: 40°43′27″N 73°59′52″W / 40.724202°N 73.997812°W / 40.724202; -73.997812
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       N weekends and late nights (weekends and late nights)
      Q late nights only (late nights only)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
      W weekdays only (weekdays only)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M55, X27, X28
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened September 4, 1917; 100 years ago (September 4, 1917)[1]
Station code 017[2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2017) 4,990,346[4]Decrease 6.1%
Rank 99 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Eighth Street–New York University: N weekends and late nightsQ late nights onlyR all except late nightsW weekdays only
Next south Canal Street (via Tunnel): N late nightsR all except late nightsW weekdays only
Canal Street (via Bridge): N weekends onlyQ late nights only

Prince Street is a local station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the R train at all times except late nights, the W train on weekdays, the N train during late nights and weekends and the Q train during late nights.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Canal Street via Tunnel)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry weekdays (Canal Street via Tunnel)
"N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach (Canal Street via Bridge weekends; Canal Street via Tunnel late nights)
"Q" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via Brighton late nights (Canal Street via Bridge)
Southbound express "N" train "Q" train do not stop here
Northbound express "N" train "Q" train do not stop here →
Northbound local "R" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Eighth Street–NYU)
"W" train weekdays ("N" train late nights and weekends) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (Eighth Street–NYU)
"Q" train toward 96th Street late nights (Eighth Street–NYU)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Mosaic and frieze

Prince Street opened on September 4, 1917, as part of the first section of the BMT Broadway Line from Canal Street to 14th Street–Union Square.[1] It has two side platforms and four tracks, the inner two of which are express tracks that do not serve the station. South of Prince Street, there are diamond crossovers between both directional pairs of local and express tracks.[5] A punch box is located at the south end of the southbound platform to allow weekend N and late-night Q trains to cross the Manhattan Bridge.[6]

In the late 1960s, New York City Transit extended the platforms for 10 car trains, and fixed the station's structure and the overall appearance. They replaced the original wall tiles, signs, and incandescent lighting with a 1970s style wall tile band and tablet mosaics, signs and fluorescent lights. It also fixed staircases and platform edges. In 2001, the station received a major overhaul. It included an upgrade of the station for ADA compliance and restoration of the original late 1910s tiling. New York City Transit repaired the staircases, re-tiled the walls, fitted new tiling on the floors, upgraded the station's lights and the public address system, installing ADA yellow safety threads along the platform edge, new signs, and new trackbeds in both directions.

The 2004 artwork, Carrying On, is by Janet Zweig. It uses water jet-cut steel, marble, and slate to create a mural along the entire length (totaling 1,200 feet) of both platforms. The 194 different frames in this frieze detail contain images of New Yorkers from all walks of life. As the title suggests, almost all of the images involve carrying something.


Fare control for each platform is at platform level. There is no free transfer between directions. Outside of fare control, the northbound platform has one street stair to either eastern corner of Broadway and Prince Street, while the southbound platform has one street stair to either western corner of that intersection.[7]


  1. ^ a b The New York Times, Open First Section of Broadway Line, September 5, 1917
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  5. ^ " New York City Subway Track Maps". October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ Shepard, Richard F. (July 26, 1977). "About New York; The 'N' Train's 22-Mile Journey". The New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: East Village" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved Aug 6, 2015. 

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