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47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center (IND Sixth Avenue Line)

47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center is an express station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It is located along Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) between 47th and 50th Streets, on the west side of Rockefeller Center. The station is served by the D and F trains at all times, the M train at all times except late nights, and the B train on weekdays.

 47–50 Streets–Rockefeller Center
 "B" train"D" train"F" train"M" train
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Downtown M train departing
Station statistics
AddressSixth Avenue between West 47th Street & West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020
BoroughManhattan
LocaleMidtown Manhattan
Coordinates40°45′31″N 73°58′53″W / 40.758603°N 73.981376°W / 40.758603; -73.981376Coordinates: 40°45′31″N 73°58′53″W / 40.758603°N 73.981376°W / 40.758603; -73.981376
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      D all times (all times)
      F all times (all times)
      M all times except late nights (all times except late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M5, M7, M50
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks4
Other information
OpenedDecember 15, 1940; 78 years ago (1940-12-15)
Station code225[1]
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[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2017)17,471,620[3]Decrease 3.4%
Rank12 out of 425
Station succession
Next north57th Street (63rd Street): F all timesM weekends and evenings
Seventh Avenue (Eighth Avenue): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.D all times
Fifth Avenue/53rd Street (Queens Boulevard): M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south42nd Street–Bryant Park: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.D all timesF all timesM all times except late nights


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 northLexington Avenue–63rd Street (63rd Street): F all timesM weekends and evenings
59th Street–Columbus Circle (Eighth Avenue): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.D all times
Lexington Avenue–53rd Street (Queens Boulevard): M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south34th Street–Herald Square: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.D all timesF all timesM all times except late nights

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HistoryEdit

47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center opened in 1940 as part of the mainline portion of the IND Sixth Avenue Line to West Fourth Street–Washington Square, with connections to the IND Queens Boulevard Line to the north.[4] Rockefeller Center's underground mall, built in 1935 as part of the complex's construction,[5] contains passageways to the station.[6]

Express service began in 1967 with the completion of express tracks between West Fourth and 34th Streets and the opening of the Chrystie Street Connection.[7][8]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
           
       
         
         
         
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
   
 
 
 
 
G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, connection to Rockefeller Center via underground mall
  Elevator at the northwest corner of 6th Avenue and 49th Street
P
Platform level
Northbound local   toward Jamaica–179th Street (57th Street)
  toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue weekdays, 96th Street weekends (Fifth Avenue/53rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the right for express trains, left for local trains  
Northbound express   toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street middays and evenings (Seventh Avenue)
  toward Norwood–205th Street (Seventh Avenue)
Southbound local   toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via Culver (42nd Street–Bryant Park)
  toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue (42nd Street–Bryant Park)
Island platform, doors will open on the right for local trains, left for express trains  
Southbound express   toward Brighton Beach weekdays (42nd Street–Bryant Park)
  toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via West End (42nd Street–Bryant Park)

The station has two island platforms and four tracks, like most express stations, but has an unusual track arrangement. The uptown side has the traditional arrangement of local service on the outside track and express service on the inside track, but the downtown side reverses this (local on the inside, express on the outside). This is to avoid level junctions with the IND Queens Boulevard Line, which is perpendicular with the IND Sixth Avenue Line north of this station. Express trains come from the Bronx via a connection from the IND Eighth Avenue Line while local trains come from Queens via either the IND 63rd Street Line or the 53rd Street Tunnels. South of this station, the downtown local track crosses under the express track and the line returns to the traditional arrangement in both directions at 42nd Street–Bryant Park.[9]

Each platform has seven stairs to mezzanine, the north end of the northbound platform has an active tower, and is depressed about ten feet below the southbound platform. This is to prepare the lines to be branched out towards the Bronx and Queens. The color band is Permanent Red, with Chocolate Brown borders, "47" and "50" alternate each other below the tile band. The tiles above and below it are white. Also at this station, there is a sign next to the tower saying "What you punch is what you get"; this sign is referring to the automatic punch boxes on both tracks on the northbound platform. In the case of an emergency or service reroute, the express tracks can also be used to access the 63rd Street tunnel.

ExitsEdit

 
Map of the Rockefeller Center, with the subway entrance on the NE corner of 6th Avenue and 48th Street marked.

The station has numerous passageways and exits, including fourteen street stairs and an elevator. This does not include several passageways through Rockefeller Center, all of which are outside fare control. The mezzanine has a full-time booth at its north end, at West 49th Street. A passageway to one northern part-time staircase leads to West 50th Street. Another passageway along the west side of 49th Street connects to the 49th Street subway station on the BMT Broadway Line outside of fare control. The middle fare control at West 48th Street has a ghost booth and all-day HEET access. The south fare control at West 47th Street has a part-time booth and more staircases.[10]

  • One stair, on street, to NW corner of 6th Avenue and 50th Street[10]
  • One stair, within Radio City Music Hall building, to east side of 6th Avenue north of 50th Street;[10] usually open late during evening performances
  • One stair, within plaza of 1251 Avenue of the Americas (facing street), to SW corner of 6th Avenue and 50th Street[10]
  • Passageway directly to 1251 Avenue of the Americas[10]
  • Passageway directly to 30 Rockefeller Plaza[10]
  •   One stair, within plaza of 1251 Avenue of the Americas (facing street), and one elevator, on street, to NW corner of 6th Avenue and 49th Street[10]
  • One stair, within 30 Rockefeller Plaza, to NE corner of 6th Avenue and 49th Street[10]
  • Two stairs, within courtyard of 1221 Avenue of the Americas (under grade level), to west side of 6th Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets[10]
  • One stair, within Simon & Schuster Building (1230 Avenue of the Americas), to west side of 6th Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets[10]
  • Passageway directly to Simon & Schuster Building[10]
  • One stair, on street, to NE corner of 6th Avenue and 48th Street[10]
  • One stair, on street, to SE corner of 6th Avenue and 48th Street[10]
  • One stair, within plaza of 1211 Avenue of the Americas (facing street), to SW corner of 6th Avenue and 48th Street[10]
  • Passageway directly to 1211 Avenue of the Americas[10]
  • One stair, on street, to NE corner of 6th Avenue and 47th Street[10]
  • One stair, on street, to SE corner of 6th Avenue and 47th Street[10]
  • One stair, on street, to SW corner of 6th Avenue and 47th Street[10]

In popular cultureEdit

The station was featured in the 1976 film Marathon Man, where the former KK route's emblem is posted on a street entrance of the east side of Sixth Avenue and West 47th Street.

1271 Avenue of the Americas (Time and Life Building) exit to the station was featured in the opening sequence of 2012 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "New Subway Line on 6th Ave. Opens at Midnight Fete". The New York Times. December 15, 1940. p. 1. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "ROCKEFELLER CITY FINISHES TUNNELS" (PDF). The New York Times. May 4, 1935. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. (2010), The Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd ed.), New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 1115, ISBN 978-0-300-11465-2
  7. ^ Perlmutter, Emanuel (November 16, 1967). "SUBWAY CHANGES TO SPEED SERVICE: Major Alterations in Maps, Routes and Signs Will Take Effect Nov. 26" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Perlmutter, Emanuel (November 27, 1967). "BMT-IND CHANGES BEWILDER MANY; Transit Authority Swamped With Calls From Riders as New System Starts". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: New York City Subway Track Maps". www.nycsubway.org. October 9, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midtown West" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.

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