33rd Street station (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

33rd Street is a local station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Park Avenue and 33rd Street in the Murray Hill neighborhood of 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.

 33 Street
 "6" train"6" express train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
33rd Street IRT 007.JPG
Downtown platform with Arts for Transit artwork on the columns
Station statistics
AddressEast 33rd Street & Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
LocaleMurray Hill, Kips Bay
Coordinates40°44′47″N 73°58′55″W / 40.74639°N 73.98194°W / 40.74639; -73.98194Coordinates: 40°44′47″N 73°58′55″W / 40.74639°N 73.98194°W / 40.74639; -73.98194
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 NYCT Bus: M15, M15 SBS, M34 SBS, M34A SBS, M101, M102, M103
Bus transport MTA Bus: BM5, BxM1, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM24
NYC Ferry: Astoria and Soundview Routes
(on FDR Drive and East 34th Street)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedOctober 27, 1904 (116 years ago) (1904-10-27)[1]
Station code403[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3][4]
Opposite-direction transfer availableNo
Passengers (2019)8,934,900[6]Decrease 6.2%
Rank33 out of 424[6]
Station succession
Next northGrand Central–42nd Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Grand Central (shuttle): no passenger service
Next south28th Street: 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

33rd Street Subway Station (IRT)
MPSNew York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference No.04001014[7]
NYCL No.1096
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 17, 2004
Designated NYCLNovember 24, 1981[8]


Track layout

Construction started on the first IRT line in 1900.[9][10]:162–191 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, and included a local station at 33rd Street. The station originally served local trains from the now-abandoned City Hall station to 145th Street at Broadway.[11][1]

On April 13, 1948, the platform extensions to accommodate ten-car trains at this station, along with those at 23rd Street and 28th Street, were opened for use.[12]

On December 27, 1948, a new entrance to the station at 32nd Street opened for use.[12]

Express stop proposalsEdit

It has been proposed several times–by the IRT and members of the public–that this station be rebuilt as an express stop to reduce overcrowding at the Grand Central–42nd Street station one stop to the north. It was estimated that the extra time spent by express trains at 33rd Street would be offset by the reduced dwell times at Grand Central.[13][14]

Station layoutEdit

G Street level Entrances/exits
Platform level
Side platform
Northbound local    toward Pelham Bay Park or Parkchester (Grand Central–42nd Street)
  toward Woodlawn late nights (Grand Central–42nd Street)
Northbound express    do not stop here
Southbound express    do not stop here →
Southbound local    toward Brooklyn Bridge (28th Street)
  toward New Lots Avenue late nights (28th Street)
Side platform

There are four tracks and two side platforms, with the express tracks in the middle. The express tracks stay level, while the local tracks slowly incline from south to north to allow for the easier deceleration of local trains.[15] This results in a layout similar to Houston Street on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line, the express tracks are at a lower elevation than the local tracks in the northern half of the station. North of the station, the two pairs of tracks in each direction separate into different tunnels because of the presence of the Murray Hill Tunnel, which runs under the center of this section of Park Avenue. The station was renovated in the late 1990s or early 2000s, and contains eagle plaques similar to those at Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall. The plaques contain the numerals "33". Fare control is at the platform level. The station has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004.[7]

 33rd St to 34th St subway cross-section
11th Av 10th & 9th Avs
are skipped
8th Av Madison Square
7th Av Storefronts 6th Av &
5th & Madison Avs
are skipped
Park Av
mezzanine A / C / E concourse 1 / 2 / 3 Former Gimbel's
mezz PATH 6 / <6>
mezzanine mezzanine concourse mezzanine N / Q / R / W
7 / <7> Penn Station B/D/F/<F>/M


Exit location[16] Number of exits Platform served
NW corner of Park Avenue and 33rd Street 1 Southbound
SW corner of Park Avenue and 33rd Street 1 Southbound
NE corner of Park Avenue and 33rd Street 1 Northbound
SE corner of Park Avenue and 33rd Street 1 Northbound
SE corner of Park Avenue S and 32nd Street 2 Northbound
SW corner of Park Avenue S and 32nd Street 2 Southbound

Image galleryEdit


  1. ^ a b "Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It; Mayor McClellan Runs the First Official Train". The New York Times. October 28, 1904. p. 1. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Attached PDF to "Governor Cuomo Announces Wireless Service and New "Transit Wireless WiFi" in Queens and Manhattan Subway Stations", governor.ny.gov
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "Interborough Rapid Transit System, Underground Interior" (PDF). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. November 24, 1981. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  9. ^ "Rapid Transit Tunnel Begun; Ground Officially Broken by the Mayor with a Silver Spade" (PDF). The New York Times. March 25, 1900. p. 2. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  10. ^ Walker, James Blaine (1918). Fifty Years of Rapid Transit — 1864 to 1917. New York, N.Y.: Law Printing. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "New York City subway opens - Oct 27, 1904". HISTORY.com. October 27, 1904. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  12. ^ a b Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949. hdl:2027/mdp.39015023094926.
  13. ^ Supreme Court Appellate Division-Second Department. pp. 458–460.
  14. ^ ERA Headlights. Electric Railroaders Association. 1956.
  15. ^ Lavis, Fred (1914). "The New York Rapid Transit Railway Extensions". nycsubway.org. Engineering News. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Union Square / Gramercy" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.

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