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163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue station

163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located in Washington Heights, Manhattan at the intersection of Amsterdam and Saint Nicholas Avenues. It is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service.

 163 Street–Amsterdam Avenue
 "C" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Uptown platform after renovation
Station statistics
AddressAmsterdam Avenue & St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10032
LocaleWashington Heights
Coordinates40°50′13″N 73°56′24″W / 40.836866°N 73.940134°W / 40.836866; -73.940134Coordinates: 40°50′13″N 73°56′24″W / 40.836866°N 73.940134°W / 40.836866; -73.940134
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services      A late nights (late nights)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M3, M100, M101
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
Other information
OpenedSeptember 10, 1932 (87 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
ClosedMarch 12, 2018; 20 months ago (2018-03-12) (reconstruction)[2]
RebuiltSeptember 27, 2018; 13 months ago (2018-09-27)
Station code149[3]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[4]
Passengers (2018)548,092[5]Decrease 61.9%
Rank405 out of 424
Station succession
Next north168th Street: A late nightsC all except late nights
Next south155th Street: A late nightsC all except late nights


This station opened on September 10, 1932 as part of the opening of the first city-owned subway line, the IND Eighth Avenue Line. On this date, the line opened from Chambers Street north to 207th Street.[1][6] Construction of the whole line cost $191,200,000. While the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line already provided service to Washington Heights, the new Eighth Avenue subway via St. Nicholas Avenue provided an alternative route.[7]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for several months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[8][9] A request for proposals for the 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway–110th Street, and 163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue stations was issued on June 1, 2017,[10] and the New York City Transit and Bus Committee officially recommended that the MTA Board award the $111 million contract to ECCO III Enterprises in October 2017.[11] As part of the renovations, the station was closed on March 12, 2018[12] and reopened on September 27, 2018.[13]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local   toward 168th Street (  toward 207th Street late nights) (168th Street)
Southbound local   toward Euclid Avenue (  toward Far Rockaway late nights) (155th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B3[14] Northbound express   does not stop here
Southbound express   does not stop here →
The 162nd Street entrance to the station

This underground station has two local tracks and two side platforms. Two express tracks, used by the A train during daytime hours, run below the station and are not visible from the platforms. To the north, the upper level local tracks become the center tracks of 168th Street, allowing C trains to terminate there, while the lower level express tracks become the outer tracks, continuing towards 207th Street.[15]

Both platforms have name tablets reading "163RD STREET - AMSTERDAM AV" in white sans serif font on two lines. The background is yellow with a black border. Small black "163" and directional signs in white lettering run at regular intervals, but there is no trim line on either platform. Yellow i-beam columns run along both platforms with all of them having the standard black station name plate with white lettering.

This station has a full length mezzanine supported by i-beam columns above the platforms, but only the southern half is opened. The open southern half has three staircases from each platform, black i-beams, and two sets of turnstile banks leading to the center or the extreme south end of the mezzanine. The closed northern half is walled off and retains the original yellow-colored i-beams. However, staircases from the platforms to this portion have been removed.

Prior to the station's renovation, the open southern half was split into three sections by two black steel fences, and free transfers between directions were not possible. Outside fare control, there is a token booth. The closed northern half was gated off and had an exit-only turnstile leading to the fare control area at the center, and three gated staircases from each platform.

The 2018 artwork at this station is Ciguapa Antellana, me llamo sueño de la madrugada. (who more sci-fi than us), a glass mosaic by Firelei Baez. The artwork consists of four pieces, two on the mezzanine and one on each platform. The mosaic contains leaves and vines, as well as symbolism that is evocative of Baez's Caribbean ancestry.[16]


The open southern half has three exits:

  • One stair at the southeast corner of 161st Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
  • One stair at the northeast corner of 161st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.
  • One stair built inside 1033 Saint Nicholas Avenue (at the western corner of 162nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue), which is currently a Rite Aid pharmacy.[17]

The closed northern half had three exits leading to 163rd Street.[18][19] One exit, which has temporarily been uncovered as an area to haul out debris from renovations, goes to the southeast corner.[20] The other two went to the southwest corner and remain sealed.[17]


  1. ^ a b "List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line". The New York Times. September 10, 1932. p. 6.
  2. ^ Mascali, Nikki M. (March 12, 2018). "163rd Street C train station begins 6-month closure for renovations". Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Crowell, Paul (September 10, 1932). "Gay Midnight Crowd Rides First Trains In The New Subway: Throngs at Station an Hour Before Time, Rush Turnstiles When Chains are Dropped" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Duffus, R. l (September 9, 1932). "NEW LINE FIRST UNIT IN CITY-WIDE SYSTEM; 8th Av. Tube to Ease West Side Congestion at Once -- Branches to Link 4 Boroughs Later. LAST WORD IN SUBWAYS Run From 207th to Chambers St. Cut to 33 Minutes -- 42d St. Has World's Largest Station. COST HAS BEEN $191,200,000 Years of Digging Up City Streets, Tunneling Rock and Building Road Finally Brought to Completion". The New York Times. p. 12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  8. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. January 8, 2016. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Enhanced Stations Initiative Program; Contract A·36622C (Package 3) for Design & Construction at 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway (110th Street), and 163rd Street - Amsterdam Avenue Stations on the 8th Avenue Line (IND), Manhattan" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 1, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "New York City Transit and Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 23, 2017. p. 131. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 31, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  12. ^ Warerkar, Tanay (February 19, 2018). "MTA will shutter 4 Upper Manhattan subway stations for repairs". Curbed NY. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Press Release - NYC Transit - 163 St-Amsterdam Av Station to Reopen After Structural Repairs & Functional Improvements". MTA. September 23, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  14. ^ Station Reporter — C Train Archived March 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ "Arts & Design - NYCT Permanent Art". MTA. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Washington Heights" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  18. ^ "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  19. ^ Harshbarger, Rebecca; De La Hoz, Felipe (October 12, 2015). "Williamsburg, Bushwick subway entrances sealed despite ridership spike". AM New York. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  20. ^

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