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23rd Street station (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

23rd Street is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Park Avenue South and 23rd Street in Manhattan, it is served by 6 trains at all times, <6> trains during weekdays in the peak direction, and 4 trains during late night hours.

 23 Street
 "6" train"6" express train
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Uptown platform
Station statistics
AddressEast 23rd Street & Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
BoroughManhattan
LocalePark Avenue South,[a] Gramercy, Flatiron District
Coordinates40°44′25″N 73°59′11″W / 40.740169°N 73.98644°W / 40.740169; -73.98644Coordinates: 40°44′25″N 73°59′11″W / 40.740169°N 73.98644°W / 40.740169; -73.98644
DivisionA (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)
Transit connectionsBus transport New York City Bus: M1, M2, M3, M23 SBS, SIM3, SIM6, SIM6X, SIM10, SIM31
Bus transport MTA Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, QM21
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4
Other information
OpenedOctober 27, 1904 (114 years ago) (1904-10-27)[3]
Station code405[4]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[5][6]
Traffic
Passengers (2018)9,035,498[7]Increase 9.3%
Rank35 out of 424
Station succession
Next north33rd Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
28th Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south18th Street (closed): no service
14th Street–Union Square: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 northGrand Central–42nd Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 southBleecker Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

HistoryEdit

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Construction started on the first IRT line in 1900.[8] The part of the line from City Hall to just south of 42nd Street was part of the original IRT line, opened on October 27, 1904, including a local station at 23rd Street.[3]

On April 13, 1948, the platform extensions to accommodate ten-car trains at this station along with those at 28th Street, and 33rd Street were opened for use.[9]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[10]

In late 2014, construction began to install ADA-accessible elevators in the station. To make room for the elevator that serves the northbound platform, the northbound staircase on the northeastern corner of Park Avenue South and 23rd Street had to be demolished, and rebuilt/relocated a few feet down the street.[11] The relocated staircase opened in August 2015. The construction was completed in December 2016 making the station fully ADA-compliant.[12]

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Entrances/exits
  Elevators at NE corner of 23rd Street and Park Avenue S for northbound     service, and at NW corner for southbound     service
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local   toward Woodlawn late nights (28th Street)
  (  weekday afternoons) toward Pelham Bay Park (28th Street)
  toward Parkchester weekday afternoons (28th Street)
Northbound express     do not stop here (except late nights)
Southbound express     do not stop here (except late nights) →
Southbound local   toward New Lots Avenue late nights (14th Street–Union Square (no service: 18th Street))
  (  weekday mornings) toward Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (14th Street–Union Square (no service: 18th Street))
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This is a typical local station with four tracks and two side platforms. During station renovations in 1988, the beige tiles were removed and the original white ones restored. It has IND-style signs indicating the way to 22nd and 23rd Streets. An ornate fare control grille on the southbound side is a piece of artwork entitled Long Division by artist Valerie Jaudon, which was installed during the renovation. The station features a back-lit "23 Street/Park Avenue South" sign at the platform level fare control. There is a low tiled wall at the 22nd Street end which is probably a remnant of a closed crossunder.

The station features modern features such as emergency communication systems, vendors on both south and north bound sides, and Wi-Fi, connecting the communications system with the NYPD Emergency direct line. The station does not contain restrooms.

ExitsEdit

The station has 2 elevator entrances, one to each platform, as well as 6 staircases to the southbound platform and 5 to the northbound platform.

Exit location[13] Number of exits Platform served
320 Park Avenue South
(west side between 23rd and 24th Streets)
1 Southbound (open 7am – 7pm, weekdays)
NW corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street, in the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower 2 (1 stair, 1 elevator) Southbound
SW corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street 2 (2 stairs) Southbound
NE corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street 2 (1 stair, 1 elevator) Northbound
SE corner of Park Avenue S and 23rd Street 2 (2 stairs) Northbound
NW corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street 1 Southbound
SW corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street 1 Southbound
NE corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street 1 Northbound
SE corner of Park Avenue S and 22nd Street 1 Northbound

Several staircases blocked by plywood barriers suggest that there was a third exit to the southwestern corner of 23rd Street and Park Avenue South from the southbound platform.

Image galleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The New York Times and the New York City Department of City Planning consider Park Avenue South to be a small micro-neighborhood between Gramercy and Flatiron. Park Avenue South is also the name of the street on which the 23rd Street station is located.[1][2]
  1. ^ C.J. Hughes (2018-01-31). "Living In / Park Avenue South: The Other Park Avenue Comes Into Its Own". New York Times. Mail was occasionally delivered to the wrong addresses — to that other Park Avenue, residents said — and the street appeared to be trapped in real-estate limbo. It was neither here nor there, brushing by brand-name enclaves like Gramercy Park and Flatiron, but not belonging to them, and never really developing a personality of its own. ... With the 6 train directly under Park Avenue South, subway service is never far, although the trains can get jammed. Stops are at East 28th Street and East 23rd Street, and just outside the neighborhood at East 33rd Street and 14th Street‑Union Square, where other lines meet.
  2. ^ "Chapter 1: Project Description". Hudson Square Rezoning: Final Environmental Impact Statement (PDF). New York City Department of Buildings. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It". The New York Times. October 28, 1904 – via nycsubway.org.
  4. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  6. ^ Attached PDF to "Governor Cuomo Announces Wireless Service and New "Transit Wireless WiFi" in Queens and Manhattan Subway Stations", governor.ny.gov
  7. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "www.nycsubway.org". www.nycsubway.org.
  9. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
  10. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.flatirondistrict.nyc/uploaded/files/PDFs/23rd_Street_ADA_Elevator.pdf
  12. ^ http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_head.html?PROJNUM=t6041310&PLTYPE=1
  13. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Union Square / Gramercy" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.

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