79th Street station (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
79th Street is a local station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 79th Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it is served by the 1 train at all times and 2 train during late nights.
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
|Address||West 79th Street & Broadway|
New York, NY 10024
|Locale||Upper West Side|
|Line||IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line|
|Services||1 (all times) |
2 (late nights)
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: M79 SBS, M104|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||October 27, 1904|
|Passengers (2018)||4,990,840 2.2%|
|Rank||91 out of 424|
|Next north||86th Street: 1 2|
|Next south||72nd Street: 1 2|
79th Street Subway Station (IRT)
|MPS||New York City Subway System MPS|
|NRHP reference #||04001018|
|Added to NRHP||September 17, 2004|
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 79th Street station.:162–191
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound local||← toward Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street (86th Street)|
← toward 241st Street late nights (86th Street)
|Northbound express||← do not stop here|
|Southbound express||→ do not stop here →|
|Southbound local||→ toward South Ferry (72nd Street) →|
→ toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College late nights (72nd Street) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
Like other local stations, 79th Street has four tracks and two side platforms. The two local tracks are used by 1 trains at all times, and the two express tracks are used by the 2 train during daytime hours and the 3 at all times. At this point on the line, the center express tracks are slightly lower than the local tracks, particularly at the north end.
All fare control areas are on platform level and there are no crossovers or crossunders. The southbound platform is fully staffed, containing a turnstile bank, token booth, staircase going up to the northwest corner of West 79th Street and Broadway, and passageway separated from the platform by a steel fence leading to a staircase that goes up to the southwest corner of the aforementioned intersection. This passageway has a High Entry-Exit Turnstile to the platform and was added after the station's opening as proven by its cinder block tiles.
The northbound platform's fare control is unstaffed, containing a turnstile bank, now-closed customer assistance booth, staircase going up to the southeast corner of West 79th Street and Broadway, and passageway separated from the platform by a steel fence leading to a staircase that goes up to the northeast corner of the aforementioned intersection. This passageway has a High Exit-Only Turnstile to the platform and was also added after the station's opening.
Design and artworkEdit
Both platforms have cream-colored tiles and a pink trim line with "79TH ST" written on it in black sans serif font at regular intervals. These tilings were installed during a 1970s renovation that covered most of the original mosaics and cartouches. Some of these as well as the decorated ceiling beams can still be seen by the fare control areas.
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- "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 79th Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line).|
- nycsubway.org – IRT West Side Line: 79th Street
- Station Reporter – 1 Train
- Forgotten NY – Original 28 - NYC's First 28 Subway Stations (Part 2)
- 79th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View