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18th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

18th Street was a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located on Park Avenue South and 18th Street in Gramercy, Manhattan. The station opened on October 27, 1904 and closed on November 8, 1948 due to its proximity to the 14th Street–Union Square station.

 18th Street
Former New York City Subway station
18 Street IRT 001.png
18th Street station shortly after construction
Station statistics
AddressEast 18th Street & Park Avenue South
New York, NY
Coordinates40°44′13″N 73°59′20″W / 40.737°N 73.989°W / 40.737; -73.989Coordinates: 40°44′13″N 73°59′20″W / 40.737°N 73.989°W / 40.737; -73.989
DivisionA (IRT)
Line      IRT Lexington Avenue Line
ServicesNone (abandoned)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedOctober 27, 1904 (114 years ago) (1904-10-27)[1]
ClosedNovember 8, 1948 (70 years ago) (1948-11-08)[2]
Station succession
Next north23rd Street
Next south14th Street–Union Square


Station layoutEdit

Track layout
G - Street level
Platform level
Side platform, not in service
Northbound local       do not stop here (23rd Street)
Northbound express     do not stop here
Southbound express     do not stop here →
Southbound local       do not stop here (14th Street–Union Square)
Side platform, not in service
Entrance area with ticket booth and control

The station was open from 1904 to 1948, when it was closed because of platform lengthening at 23rd Street, and the opening of an entrance at 22nd Street.[2] The stations are close enough that it is possible to see the lights of 14th Street–Union Square down the tracks from the two side platforms of this station. The two platforms are as built and only 5 cars in length.

The closing of this station was proposed as early as 1928.[3]

The station's ceiling was originally fitted with glass in order to let natural light in. It has green faience plaques and mosaic name tablets by Heins & LaFarge / Grueby Faience Company from 1904. The ceiling was also decorated with ornamental motifs.

The station is no longer accessible from the street, but its graffiti-covered walls can be seen through the windows of any Lexington Avenue local train, as well as from express trains if no local train blocks the view.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Our Subway Open, 150,000 Try It". The New York Times. October 28, 1904. p. 1. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "IRT STATION TO BE CLOSED; East Side Subway Trains to End Stops at 18th Street". The New York Times. November 6, 1948. p. 29. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Proceedings of the Board of Transportation of the City of New York. New York Board of Transportation. 1928.

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