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Broadway–Lafayette Street/Bleecker Street station

Broadway–Lafayette Street/Bleecker Street is a New York City Subway station complex in the NoHo district of Manhattan on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line and the IND Sixth Avenue Line. It is served by the:

  • 6, D, and F trains at all times
  • B train on weekdays
  • M train at all times except late nights
  • <6> and <F> trains during rush hours in the peak direction
  • 4 train during late nights
 Broadway–Lafayette Street/
 Bleecker Street
 "6" train"6" express train​​​"B" train"D" train"F" train"F" express train"M" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station complex
Bway Lafayette Bleecker Street Stair.jpg
One of the two street stairs along the south side of East Houston Street between Broadway and Crosby Street
Station statistics
AddressBleecker Street & Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
BoroughManhattan
LocaleNoHo, SoHo, Greenwich Village
Coordinates40°43′33″N 73°59′41″W / 40.72583°N 73.99472°W / 40.72583; -73.99472Coordinates: 40°43′33″N 73°59′41″W / 40.72583°N 73.99472°W / 40.72583; -73.99472
DivisionA (IRT), B (IND)
Line      IND Sixth Avenue 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)​
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      D all times (all times)
      F all times (all times) <F> two rush hour trains, peak direction (two rush hour trains, peak direction)
      M all times except late nights (all times except late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M1, M21, M55, SIM7, SIM33
Other information
OpenedMay 19, 1957; 62 years ago (1957-05-19) (IND–southbound IRT)
September 25, 2012; 6 years ago (2012-09-25) (IND–northbound IRT)
Station code619[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 (2018)11,414,999 (station complex)[3]Decrease 4.5%
Rank26 out of 424

The complex comprises two stations, Bleecker Street (IRT) and Broadway–Lafayette Street (IND). The transfer between the downtown IRT platform and the IND platform has been within fare control since May 19, 1957, and the corresponding free transfer from the uptown IRT platform to the rest of the station opened on September 25, 2012.

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 East Mezzanine Fare control, exits to east side of Lafayette Street
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
Northbound local   weekday afternoons,   other times toward Pelham Bay Park (  toward Parkchester PM rush hours and middays) (Astor Place)
  toward Woodlawn late nights (Astor Place)
Northbound express     do not stop here
Southbound express     do not stop here →
Southbound local     toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (  toward New Lots Avenue late nights) (Spring Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right  
West Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, exits to west side of Lafayette Street and to Houston Street
B2 Mezzanine Transfer between platforms
B3 Northbound local     toward Jamaica–179th Street (West Fourth Street–Washington Square)
  toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue weekdays, 96th Street weekends (West Fourth Street–Washington Square)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Northbound express   toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street middays and evenings (West Fourth Street–Washington Square)
  toward Norwood–205th Street (West Fourth Street–Washington Square)
Southbound express   toward Brighton Beach weekdays (Grand Street)
  toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via West End (Grand Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Southbound local     toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue via Culver (Second Avenue)
  toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue (Essex Street)
 
The new transfer

This station had a unique feature in the system in that a transfer to the IND platforms from the IRT station was only possible in the southbound direction until late September 2012.[4] A free transfer passageway from the downtown IRT platform to the IND platform opened on May 19, 1957 after the IRT station's platforms were lengthened by two cars to accommodate 10-car trains.[5][6] This "one-way" transfer existed for 55 years, as the connection from the IND platforms to the downtown IRT platform was purely coincidental, and was not originally intended when first built.[6] The construction of a connection from the northbound platform would have required more extensive construction, including knocking down support walls and digging a tunnel. The northbound platform was extended two car lengths to the north because it was easier to do and cost less.[7] As a result, a free transfer was not available to the northbound platform and access to it required a one-block walk north to Bleecker Street and payment of an additional fare except to Unlimited-Ride MetroCard holders.[8]

A transfer between the IND platforms and the uptown IRT platform had been planned since 1989, with its inclusion in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)'s Third Capital Program.[8] Construction on the transfer would have started in 1992 pending the approval of the program by the State Legislature. The MTA estimated that 15,000 daily passengers would use the free transfer.[7] However, it was not built until the MTA's 2005–2009 capital program allocated $50 million to renovate the complex, which included installation of ADA-accessible elevators and a free transfer to the uptown IRT platform. Prior to the reconstruction, the Broadway–Lafayette Street station connected only to the southbound platform of Bleecker Street at the extreme south end.[4] On March 26, 2012, the uptown platform was shifted 300 feet (91 m) south to the newly constructed extension and the 1950s northern extension closed at the same time. On the same day, the MTA had stated that the transfer project to the uptown Bleecker Street platform would be completed at the end of June.

The uptown transfer did not fully open until September 25, 2012. The overall cost of the rehabilitation project had climbed to US$135 million.[9] On the same day, an escalator connected the uptown platform of the Broadway-Lafayette Street station with a new transfer mezzanine that connected riders to the uptown platform of the Bleecker Street station. In addition, elevators were installed to connect the various platforms of the IND station, and those of Bleecker Street.[10][11][12] The transfer boasted new elevators and escalators to the IND station below. The street-level elevator accesses the southbound IRT platform directly, while four other elevators in the station connect each IND platform with each IRT platform.[13]

Entrances and exitsEdit

The station has a total of 12 staircase entrances and 1 elevator entrance.[14]

Exit location[14] Exit type Number of exits Platforms primarily served
NE corner of Broadway and Houston Street Staircase 1 Sixth Avenue Line
SE corner of Broadway and Houston Street Staircase 1 Sixth Avenue Line
NW corner of Houston Street and Lafayette Street Staircase 1 Sixth Avenue Line
Lexington Avenue Line southbound
Elevator 1
SW corner of Houston Street and Lafayette Street Staircase 2 Sixth Avenue Line
Lexington Avenue Line southbound
NE corner of Houston Street and Lafayette Street Staircase 1 Sixth Avenue Line
Lexington Avenue Line northbound
SE corner of Houston Street and Lafayette Street Staircase 1 Sixth Avenue Line
Lexington Avenue Line northbound
NW corner of Bleecker Street and Lafayette Street Staircase 1 Lexington Avenue Line southbound
SW corner of Bleecker Street and Lafayette Street Staircase 1 Lexington Avenue Line southbound
NE corner of Bleecker Street and Lafayette Street Staircase 1 Lexington Avenue Line northbound
SE corner of Bleecker Street and Lafayette Street Staircase 1 Lexington Avenue Line northbound
Corner of Bleecker Street and Mulberry Street Staircase 1 Lexington Avenue Line northbound

In addition, there are closed stairs to both western corners of Broadway and Houston Street.

GalleryEdit

IRT Lexington Avenue Line platformsEdit

 Bleecker Street
   
  New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
 
Platform for the uptown local 6 train
Station statistics
DivisionA (IRT)
Line      IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Services      4   (late nights)
      6   (all times) <6>   (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4
Other information
OpenedOctober 27, 1904; 114 years ago (1904-10-27)[15]
Station code408[1]
Accessible  ADA-accessible
Wireless service [2]
Station succession
Next northAstor Place: 4  6   <6>  
Next southSpring Street: 4  6   <6>  


Next   north23rd Street: 4  6   <6>  
Next   southCanal Street: 4  6   <6>  

Bleecker Street Subway Station (IRT)
MPSNew York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference #04001012[16]
Added to NRHPSeptember 17, 2004
Track layout
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bleecker Street on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line is a standard local station with four tracks and two side platforms.

This station was opened on October 27, 1904, as part of the original subway.[17][18] Fare control is currently at platform level, with a crossunder via the IND platforms. It has two side platforms which were originally 5-cars long. In the 1950s, the southbound platform was extended to the south and the northbound platform was extended to the north for ten car trains. After the 2012 renovation, the northbound platform was extended to the south, and the 1950s northern extension of that platform was closed (but can still be seen upon leaving the station on a train).[9]

The station features two styles of "Bleecker Street" station identifiers made by the Grueby Faience Company in 1904. The large "Bleecker Street" plaques were assembled from 27 pieces of faience ceramic. They depict poppies. The smaller blue "B" cartouches show tulips, probably a reminder of the Dutch origins of the city. Later Vickers' mosaic tablets were installed when the station was extended, and five different colors were used for the mosaics. These mosaics were removed in the 2012 renovation of the station, and replicas of the "B" cartouches were installed throughout the station.

A new MTA's Arts for Transit project was created in 2012, called Hive, by Leo Villareal. It is located at the newest section of the uptown platform in the mezzanine providing the transfer to the IND station.[19] This new art complements the first work—Signal by Mel Chin, which was added to the station complex in 1997.

GalleryEdit

IND Sixth Avenue Line platformsEdit

 Broadway–Lafayette Street
      
  New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
 
Station statistics
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services      B   (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      D   (all times)
      F   (all times) <F>   (two rush hour trains, peak direction)
      M   (all times except late nights)
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks4
Other information
OpenedJanuary 1, 1936; 83 years ago (1936-01-01)
Station code230[1]
Accessible  ADA-accessible
Wireless service [2]
Station succession
Next westWest Fourth Street–Washington Square: B  D  F   <F>  M  
Next eastSecond Avenue (local): F   <F>  
Grand Street (express): B  D  
Essex Street (local via Chyrstie St.): M  


Next   westWest Fourth Street–Washington Square: B  D  F   <F>  M  
Next   eastJay Street–MetroTech (local): F   <F>  
DeKalb Avenue (express via Chrystie St.): B  D  
Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center (express via Chrystie St.): D  
Marcy Avenue (local via Chrystie St.): M  
Track layout
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FASTRACK construction work at the station

Broadway–Lafayette Street on the IND Sixth Avenue Line is an express station, located on East Houston Street between Broadway and Lafayette Street in Manhattan. This section of the station complex, opened on January 1, 1936, has four tracks and two island platforms.[20] B and D trains stop at the inner express tracks while F and M trains stop at the outer local tracks.[20] Both outer track walls have a blue trim line on a black border and small "BROADWAY" signs beneath in white lettering on a black border. Large blue columns run along either side of both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate and white lettering.

The center of both platforms have three staircases that go up to a mezzanine, where wide staircases on either side go up to the station's three fare control areas. The full-time side is at the west end (railroad north). It has a turnstile bank, token booth, and two staircases going up to either eastern corners of Broadway and East Houston Street. The southeastern one is built inside an alcove of an Adidas Sport Performance Center.[21] The station's other fare control areas lead to exits on either side of East Houston Street. In one fare control area, a set of full height turnstiles lead to two separate entrances leading to East Houston Street between Lafayette and Crosby Streets, on the south side. In the other fare control area, another set of full height turnstiles leads to another entrance on Lafayette Street and Houston Street, on the north side. A passageway connects the Lafayette Street fare control areas with the fare control areas at the Broadway end of the station without going through the lower level mezzanine.

There are closed staircases from the extreme western ends of both platforms that lead to a mezzanine with exits to the west side of Broadway and Houston Street. It is currently used by employees.

The 1998 artwork here is called Signal by Mel Chin. It features stainless steel and glass sculptures with lights on the mezzanine walls and ceramic tiles on the platform walls.

West (railroad north) of this station, there are crossovers between the two northbound tracks and a single one between the express tracks. The line turns north along Sixth Avenue and goes through a complex set of switches and crossovers with the IND Eighth Avenue Line before arriving at West Fourth Street–Washington Square.

East (railroad south) of this station, there used to be a crossover between the two southbound tracks before they were reconfigured in 1967 by the Chrystie Street Connection. The express tracks turn south down Chrystie Street and B and D trains stop at Grand Street before crossing the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn. The local tracks continue east and F trains stop at Second Avenue. A connection from the local tracks, which is used by M trains, leads to Essex Street on the BMT Nassau Street Line and continues onto the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ a b With connection to No 6 line, a Manhattan transfer is coming New York Times Retrieved August 2, 2006
  5. ^ "Passage Links Subways" (PDF). Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Chan, Sewell (May 7, 2005). "With Connection on No. 6 Line, a Manhattan Transfer Is Coming". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Only In New York: The Newsletter of the New York City Transit Authority". New York City Transit Authority. 1990. Retrieved April 7, 2019 – via Flickr.
  8. ^ a b The New York Transit Authority in the 1980s
  9. ^ a b "Bleecker Street Platform Shifts". MTA.info. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  10. ^ Redwine, Tina (September 25, 2012). "Transfers At Bleecker Street Are No Longer A Bleak Situation". NY1. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  11. ^ Matt Flegenheimer (September 24, 2012). "A Vexing Flaw in the Subway Is Finally Fixed". New York Times. pp. A18–A19. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Bleecker Street Platform Shifts". MTA.info. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  14. ^ a b
  15. ^ New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
  16. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  17. ^ "New York City subway opens - Oct 27, 1904". HISTORY.com. October 27, 1904. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  18. ^ James Blaine Walker, Fifty Years of Rapid Transit, 1864-1917, published 1918, pp. 162-191
  19. ^ Redwine, Tina (July 21, 2012). "MTA Unveils Digital Art At Bleecker Street Station". NY1. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  20. ^ a b Broadway-Lafayette Street NYCSubway Retrieved August 28, 2008
  21. ^ Downtown Bleecker Street/Broadway–Lafayette Street On NY Turf Retrieved August 28, 2008 Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

External video
  Bleecker St Station Expansion, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; February 5, 2010; 1:26 YouTube video clip (construction and rendering phase of the new transfer project between this station and the uptown Bleecker Street platform)
  Broadway/Lafayette-Bleecker St Transfer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; September 28, 2012; 4:04 YouTube video clip (completed project)

  Media related to Bleecker Street / Broadway – Lafayette Street (New York City Subway) at Wikimedia Commons

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