135th Street station (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)
135th Street is a station on the IRT Lenox Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 135th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, it is served by the 2 and 3 trains at all times.
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Northbound staircase on the southeast corner. An elevator on the northeast corner can be seen in the background.
|Address||West 135th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard|
New York, NY 10030
|Line||IRT Lenox Avenue Line|
|Services||2 (all times) |
3 (all times)
|Transit connections|| NYCT Bus: M7, M102, Bx33|
Short Line Bus: 208
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Tracks||3 (2 in regular service)|
|Opened||November 23, 1904|
|Accessibility||Same-platform wheelchair transfer available|
|Passengers (2018)||4,506,259 5.5%|
|Rank||104 out of 424|
|Next north||149th Street–Grand Concourse (via White Plains Rd): 2 |
145th Street (via Lenox): 3
|Next south||125th Street: 2 3|
|Next north||Third Avenue–149th Street (via White Plains Rd): 2 |
|Next south||96th Street: 2 3|
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
Elevator for northbound service at NE corner of 135th Street and Lenox Avenue; elevator for southbound service at SW corner
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound||← toward Wakefield–241st Street (149th Street–Grand Concourse)|
← toward Harlem–148th Street (145th Street)
|Center track||No regular service|
|Southbound||→ toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (125th Street) →|
→ toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square late nights) (125th Street) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This underground station, opened on November 23, 1904, has three tracks and two side platforms. The northbound outer track merges with the center track just north of the station and the center track merges with the southbound outer one just south of the station. The center track was last used by late night 3 shuttle trains from Harlem–148th Street when they terminated here until 1995, when service was replaced by shuttle buses. Overnight 3 service was restored on July 27, 2008, but now terminates at Times Square–42nd Street.
Both platform mosaics have three different kinds of trim line and name tablets.
North of the station, a diamond crossover allows trains to switch between the two tracks. At the 142nd Street Junction, the 2 train provides service to the Bronx via the IRT White Plains Road Line while the 3 continues on the IRT Lenox Avenue Line to 145th Street and Harlem–148th Street.
The 1995 artwork here is called Harlem Timeline by Willie Birch. It features mosaics of notable Harlem residents on the station platforms. The one on the southbound side includes Adam Clayton Powell, Joe Louis, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Charlie Parker, Clara Ward, and Louis Armstrong while one on the northbound side includes the Harlem Globetrotters, the NAACP, Abyssian Baptist Church, Cotton Club, and Randall's Island football team.
Each platform has one same-level entrance at the center containing a turnstile bank, token booth, and two stairs to the streets, the northbound side to the east side of Lenox Avenue and the southbound side to the west. Each fare control area also has one elevator from the street installed in mid-2008 that make this station fully ADA-accessible.
- One stair, NW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 135th Street (southbound only)
- One stair and one elevator, SW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 135th Street (southbound only)
- One stair and one elevator, NE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 135th Street (northbound only)
- One stair, SE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 135th Street (northbound only)
- "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
- "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
- "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Harlem/Hamilton Heights" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 135th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line).|
- nycsubway.org – IRT White Plains Road Line: 135th Street
- nycsubway.org — Harlem Timeline Artwork by Willie Birch (1995)
- Station Reporter — 2 Train
- Station Reporter — 3 Train
- The Subway Nut — 135th Street Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — 135th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)
- 135th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View