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First Avenue station (BMT Canarsie Line)

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First Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of First Avenue and East 14th Street at the border of Stuyvesant Park, Stuyvesant Town, and the East Village in Manhattan,[4] it is served by the L train at all times.

 1 Avenue
 "L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
1st Avenue BMT IMG 9163.JPG
Eighth Avenue bound platform
Station statistics
AddressFirst Avenue & East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
LocaleEast Village, Stuyvesant Park, Stuyvesant Town
Coordinates40°43′53″N 73°58′57″W / 40.731324°N 73.982577°W / 40.731324; -73.982577Coordinates: 40°43′53″N 73°58′57″W / 40.731324°N 73.982577°W / 40.731324; -73.982577
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Canarsie Line
Services      L all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M14A/M14D Select Bus Service, M15 (northbound), M15 Select Bus Service (northbound)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedJune 30, 1924; 95 years ago (1924-06-30)
RebuiltJuly 1, 2019; 5 months ago (2019-07-01) to December 31, 2020; 12 months' time (2020-12-31)
Station code119[1]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; currently undergoing renovations for ADA access
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2018)6,743,140[3]Decrease 4.6%
Rank60 out of 424
Station succession
Next westThird Avenue: L all times
Next eastBedford Avenue: L all times

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
to 3 Av
G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the left, right
Westbound   toward Eighth Avenue (Third Avenue)
  toward Canarsie (nights and weekends) (Bedford Avenue)
Eastbound   toward Canarsie (weekdays) (Bedford Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This station opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the 14th Street–Eastern Line, which ran from Sixth Avenue under the East River and through Williamsburg to Montrose and Bushwick Avenues.[5][6]

This is the easternmost Canarsie Line station in Manhattan. East of here, the line travels under the East River to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This station has two side platforms and two tracks. The platforms are columnless and have the standard BMT style trim-line and name tablets. The former contains "1" tablets in standard intervals while the latter consists of "FIRST AVE" in Times New Roman font.

In September 1983 this station was the site of a New York City Transit Police arrest of a black vandal, Michael Stewart, who was writing graffiti on the station wall, and who later died in police custody. Six of the police officers involved, all of them white, were acquitted by an all-white jury.[7]


The station's western entrances are at the (railroad north) end of the station; from each platform, a single staircase goes up to a small mezzanine that contains a turnstile bank, token booth. Two street stairs to the Eighth Avenue-bound platform lead to the northeastern corner of First Avenue and 14th Street, while the ones to the Brooklyn-bound platform lead to the southeastern corner. The mezzanine on the Brooklyn-bound side had a florist shop outside fare control; the shop closed in 2019. There is no free transfer between directions at this station.[8]

The station's eastern entrances are at the railroad south end of the station; there are platform-level turnstile banks from each platform. One street stair to the Eighth Avenue-bound platform leads to the northwestern corner of Avenue A and 14th Street, while two to the Brooklyn-bound platform lead to the southwestern corner. The entrances were built as part of the wide scope in the 2019–2020 rebuilding of the Canarsie Tubes that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy to improve service for people living in Stuyvesant Town and the Lower East Side. Work on the entrances began in July 2017,[9][10] necessitating the relocation of bus stops at that intersection.[11] The entrances to the Brooklyn-bound platform were opened on November 4, 2019, while the entrance to the Eighth Avenue-bound platform will be opened by the end of 2019.[12][13]

New elevators are being built at the new eastern entrances[14][15] and are expected to open in June 2020. Construction on the elevators and any remaining construction on the entrances are expected to be completed by November 2020.[16]

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  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Subway Tunnel Through". The New York Times. August 8, 1919. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  6. ^ "Celebrate Opening of Subway Link". The New York Times. July 1, 1924. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c d e MTA neighborhood map
  9. ^ Hobbs, Allegra (July 11, 2017). "MTA Begins Work on New L Train Entrance at Avenue A as Bus Stops Relocate". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "Project Description, Budget and Scope". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 31, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Bus stop shelters on East 14th Street removed, will be relocated". Town & Village. July 7, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
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  14. ^ "MTA - Press Release - NYC Transit - MTA Seeks Federal Funds to Increase Capacity on Canarsie L Line". Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  15. ^ " | Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later". Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  16. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting November 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2018. p. 92. Retrieved November 10, 2018.

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