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50th Street station (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)

50th Street is a local station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 50th Street and Broadway at the northwest corner of the Theater District, it is served by the 1 train at all times, and by the 2 train during late nights.

 50 Street
 "1" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Downtown platform
Station statistics
AddressWest 50th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10019
LocaleMidtown Manhattan
Coordinates40°45′40″N 73°59′02″W / 40.761°N 73.984°W / 40.761; -73.984Coordinates: 40°45′40″N 73°59′02″W / 40.761°N 73.984°W / 40.761; -73.984
DivisionA (IRT)
Line      IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services      1 all times (all times)
      2 late nights (late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M7, M20, M50, M104
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM2
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedOctober 27, 1904; 115 years ago (1904-10-27)[1]
Station code316[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2018)8,088,925[4]Increase 4.3%
Rank43 out of 424
Station succession
Next north59th Street–Columbus Circle: 1 all times2 late nights
Next southTimes Square–42nd Street: 1 all times2 late nights
Times Square (shuttle): no passenger service


Operation of the first subway began on October 27, 1904, with the opening of the original 28 stations of the New York City Subway from City Hall to 145th Street on the West Side Branch including the 50th Street station.[5]:162–191[6]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[7]

On September 7, 1987, Alex Cumba fell onto the tracks of the 50th Street station.[8] Bystanders Edwin Ortiz, Jeff Kuhn, and Melvin Shadd jumped onto the tracks and attempted to lift Cumba back onto the platform, which was difficult due to Cumba's weight. The three were able to remove Cumba seconds before the train arrived. A recreation of the story aired on Rescue 911 on September 17, 1991.[9][10]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local   toward Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street (59th Street–Columbus Circle)
  toward 241st Street late nights (59th Street–Columbus Circle)
Northbound express     do not stop here
Southbound express     do not stop here →
Southbound local   toward South Ferry (Times Square–42nd Street)
  toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College late nights (Times Square–42nd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Original Faience plaque (left); Liliana Porter's mosaic (right)
Passengers leaving southbound exit

This underground station has four tracks with two side platforms.[11] Original tile plaques at this station were removed during remodeling, but one of them has been preserved at the New York Transit Museum.

The station contains the artwork Liliana Porter's Alice, The Way Out, a series of mosaics installed in 1994 depicting characters from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. [12]


Each platform has same-level fare control at the center and there are no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfer between directions. Each fare control area has a token booth, turnstile bank, and newsstand. The northbound has four staircases to the streets: two to the northeast corner of 50th Street and Broadway, one to the southeast corner, and one inside a building on the south side of 50th Street midblock between Broadway and 7th Avenue. The southbound platform has an exit to an underground shopping arcade on the south side of 50th Street west of Broadway, and another to the southern sunken courtyard of Paramount Plaza on the northwest corner of 50th Street and Broadway.[13]


  1. ^ "Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It". The New York Times. October 28, 1904.
  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. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Walker, James Blaine (1918). Fifty Years of Rapid Transit — 1864 to 1917. New York, N.Y.: Law Printing. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Subway Opening To-day With Simple Ceremony – Exercises at One O'Clock – Public to be Admitted at Seven – John Hay May Be Present – Expected to Represent the Federal Government – President Roosevelt Sends Letter of Regret" (PDF). The New York Times. October 27, 1904. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "Agency Lists Its 69 Most Deteriorated Subway Stations". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "3 Rescue Unconscious Man From Subway Tracks". The New York Times. 1987-09-06.
  9. ^ Rescue 911 Episode Guide - Rescue 911 Season Episodes -
  10. ^ "3 Men Rescue Unconscious Man From Subway Tracks". The New York Times. September 6, 1987. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  11. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "Arts for Transit and Urban Design". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  13. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midtown West" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.

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