Spring Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

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Spring Street
"6" train "6" express train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Spring Street 002.JPG
Spring Street going downtown
Station statistics
Address Spring Street & Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
Borough Manhattan
Locale Little Italy, SoHo
Coordinates 40°43′20″N 73°59′50″W / 40.72222°N 73.99722°W / 40.72222; -73.99722Coordinates: 40°43′20″N 73°59′50″W / 40.72222°N 73.99722°W / 40.72222; -73.99722
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)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 113 years ago (October 27, 1904)[1]
Station code 409[2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2016) 3,792,870[4]Decrease 0.3%
Rank 134 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Bleecker Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south Canal Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

Spring Street is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Spring Street in SoHo and Little Italy, Manhattan, it is served by the 6 train at all times, the <6> during weekdays in the peak direction, and the 4 during late night hours.


Track layout

Spring Street was one of the 28 original stations of the first subway line in Manhattan, which opened on October 27, 1904.[5] At this time, Spring Street served local trains from the now-abandoned City Hall station to 145th Street at Broadway.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "6" express train weekday afternoons, "6" train other times toward Pelham Bay Park ("6" train toward Parkchester rush hours and middays) (Bleecker Street)
"4" train toward Woodlawn late nights (Bleecker Street)
Northbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here
Southbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here →
Southbound local "6" train "6" express train toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (Canal Street)
"4" train toward New Lots Avenue late nights (Canal Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
A 1905 photo of the station's original glass ceilings, which let in natural light
Stairs to downtown platform

Spring Street is laid out in a typical local stop setup: there are two side platforms and four tracks, the center two of which are express tracks.[6] The southbound local track is technically known as MM1 and the northbound one is MM4; the MM designation is used for chaining purposes along the Lexington Avenue Line from Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall to Times Square – 42nd Street via Grand Central and the 42nd Street Shuttle. Although they cannot be accessed at Spring Street, the southbound and northbound express tracks are known as MM2 and MM3, respectively. These designations are rarely, if ever, used in everyday speech. Both platforms have a slight curve which creates a gap between the train and the platform. Because this gap is not significant, gap fillers are not necessary.

Spring Street had a unique fifth center track which has now been removed.[6] This track did not last long; it was reportedly disconnected and removed in 1906, only two years after the subway opened. Although its function has never been determined, the trackway is now used as the location of a mechanical room.[6]

Small "S" cartouches, Atlantic Terra Cotta (1904)

The station retains the typical large and small IRT mosaics in the old (prior to platform lengthening) portion. The station has small "S" cartouches with two poppies from 1904, made by Atlantic Terra Cotta, and large mosaic tablets by Heins & LaFarge, also from 1904. Other small "S" and "Spring St" mosaics are newer.[6] The "S" cartouches are similar to the ones cast for Canal Street station.


Spring Street has four entrances, two to each platform. The northbound entrances are at either western corner of Lafayette and Spring Streets, while the southbound entrances are at either eastern corner of the same intersection.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

This station is featured in the 2008 film Cloverfield. The scene was not filmed there, however.[8] The station is featured in the season 3 episode, "Lo-Fi", in the television show Criminal Minds.


Original name tablet mosaic, by Heins & LaFarge / Manhattan Glass Tile Company
Additional mosaic on the downtown platform extension
  1. ^ Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It New York Times Retrieved August 30, 2008
  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 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Subway opening to-day with simple ceremony New York Times Retrieved August 30, 2008
  6. ^ a b c d Spring Street (IRT East Side Line)NYCSubway Retrieved August 30, 2008
  7. ^
  8. ^ Cloverfield (2008)

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